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meds and your heart ?
Jan 2, 2007

do hiv meds cause any strain, side effect, blockages or malfunctions to the heart that may result in loss of endurance ?

Response from Dr. Henry

Some HIV medications in some individuals can aggravate lipid and other metabolic factors which contribute to atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries). Smoking, diabetes, genetics, hypertension, diet and other standard risk factors generally have more of an impact on heart disease risk then HIV medications. AZT can rarely cause some muscle dysfunction including cardiac muscle. KH

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