Happy Heart Month: What People Living with HIV Should Know
Today marks not just a time to exchange valentines and chocolates, but also the midpoint of American Heart Month(link is external). Did you know people living with HIV are at an increased risk of experiencing cardiovascular disease? Fortunately, NIH-supported research is getting to the heart of the problem.
Effective anti-HIV medications dramatically reduced the number of AIDS-related deaths in the United States. However, because people with HIV are now able to live longer than before, cardiovascular disease has emerged as a leading cause of death among people living with HIV. In fact, studies have shown that a person living with HIV is up to twice as likely as someone who does not have HIV to experience a heart attack or stroke—even when the virus is well controlled with antiretroviral therapy.