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Heart Disease on HAART
Dec 26, 2010

I have been on HAART for over 10 years with good results, CD4/893 and viral load undetectable. I have recently benn diagosed with periphial artery disease and placed on morphine to counter the pain which I had always attributed to periphial neuropthy which I have had for years. Is PAD a symptom of long term HIV infection? What is the progosis with this disease? Will the morphine prescription make me addidicted or does it not make any difference at this point?

Response from Dr. Henry

Atherosclerosis (narrowing of arteries) appears to be worse in HIV+ persons in general. Major risk factors for peripheral vascular disease include smoking, diabetes, and hypertension. Usually those risk factors are more more important that HIV or HIV medications. KH



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