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Screening and risk assessment for coronary artery disease in HIV infection: an unmet need.

Screening and risk assessment for coronary artery disease in HIV infection: an unmet need.
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Nadel J, Holloway CJ,


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Nadel J, Holloway CJ,

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HIV medicine 2016 8 24() doi 10.1111/hiv.12422

Abstract

HIV infection is now considered a chronic, treatable disease, although treatment is associated with increased rates of coronary artery disease (CAD). Increased risk of CAD in HIV-infected patients has been associated with the inflammatory sequelae of the infection as well as the greater prevalence of cardiac risk factors in HIV-positive populations and the side effects of life-prolonging antiretroviral therapies. Patients with HIV infection now have a 1.5 to 2-fold greater risk of developing CAD compared with noninfected individuals, raising the independent risk of CAD in HIV infection to levels similar to those in diabetes. Despite this increased risk, screening and other adjuvant assessment tools are lacking. In this paper we explore the current climate of CAD in the contemporary HIV-infected population and look at the tools used in the assessment and management of patients as well as the limitations of these approaches for this at-risk population group.

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