Heart Disease and HIV

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Heart Disease Basics Symptoms of Heart Attack Risk Factors for Heart Disease HIV and Heart Disease Reducing the Risk for Heart Disease Taking Care of Yourself

Heart Disease Basics

Many people think of heart disease as a...

By The Well Project

HIV and Hyperlipidemia

Key PointsHyperlipidemia refers to high levels of fat in the blood, including cholesterol and triglycerides. Hyperlipidemia increases the risk of heart disease, gall bladder disease, and pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).HIV infection and t...

By AIDSinfo

Can Tick Saliva Reduce Heart Disease in People With HIV?

Some scientists believe that the very thing that makes ticks good at spreading disease -- their saliva -- might also be able to reduce heart disease in people living with HIV.

By Martha Kempner

Proactive Steps Needed to Address High Burden of Cardiovascular Disease in People Living With HIV

The health of people living with HIV who are in care and on treatment has dramatically improved over the years. Now the focus is appropriately shifting to long-term health risks, such as cardiovascular disease.

By Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Spotlight on: #HeartHealth and People Living With HIV

February is heart health month, a perfect time to focus our attention on an important area of concern in the HIV community: cardiovascular health.

By HIV.gov

Blood Pressure

Hello, For five years, I was on a coctail of Norvir, Epivir, Isentress, and Prezista. In September, my ID doctor changed my prescription to Descovy and Tivicay. At this point, the virus is undetectable. My cholesterol and sugar are very good. The pro...

By Keith Henry, M.D.

Stopping a Silent Killer: Know the Facts About Heart Disease and HIV

"Heart disease rates among people living with HIV are elevated compared to the general population," Kathleen Fitch, M.S.N., F.N.P., writes. "If you add to that the fact that heart disease is often a silent killer with atypical symptoms, it is easy to...

By Kathleen Fitch, M.S.N., F.N.P. for Positively Aware

Am I heading for cardiovascular problems?

Im writing to ask if you can offer any advice on my situation. Ive been diagnosed with high cholesterol. On your American scale, it is 231.6 (thats 6 here in the UK). In Feb 16, it was 212.3 (5.5 here) and in Aug 16 (5.3) it was just slightly lower a...

By Keith Henry, M.D.

Shortness of Breath

Dear Dr Henry, Ever since I was diagnosed with HIV (2015) and started on ART(currently on Truvada/Isentress), I feel tired most of the time. I am not anemic and my tyhroid hormones and testosterone levels are normal. I exercise regularly but I get ti...

By Keith Henry, M.D.

All Systems GO: Three Organ Systems Affected by Aging, Medications and HIV

This brief overview looks at diseases in three organ systems with an overlap between aging and HIV that are most commonly of concern to older people with HIV.

By Sharon Lee, M.D. for Test Positive Aware Network