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hiv related chest pain
Aug 15, 2009

why do patients with hiv sufer from chest pains

Response from Dr. Henry

Patients with HIV can get chest pain from many of the same causes as the general populations (such as angina/heart pain, esophageal pain, chest wall pain and many others). For some of those conditions the risk may be higher than in the general population since it appears that HIV infection (including untreated HIV infection) increases the risk for heart disease due to narrowing of the coronary arteries. AIDS patients can have a variety of infections that can cause chest pain so the approach to chest pain depends on the HIV status and presence of other conditions (smoking, diabetes, hypertension and many others). KH



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