A recent study shows that patients with HIV are more likely to have early and often heart troubles. One patient in particular was diagnosed with HIV at 19, and suffered his first heart attack at the early age of 43. Further research now shows that this occurrence is common among HIV patients. People with HIV are more likely to have heart attacks at an earlier age than the rest of the general population.
HIV patients are living longer and more fulfilling lives than ever before, but this does not cease their health issues. This is even true for the patients that have their immune systems being boosted by AIDS drugs. Their heart issues are at a more frequent and early rate than people without HIV or AIDS.
This little known threat to HIV positive people needs to be met with more understanding by doctors, one article responding to this study stated. With so many people living with HIV better preparedness by their doctors about their risk for heart conditions could save lives. Even though an HIV positive diagnosis is no longer an automatic death sentence, patients are still at a much higher risk of health problems; heart issues are a big example of this.
Many HIV patients experience heart attacks and other problems, but oftentimes, help comes too late. When it is time for a stent or a bypass to be put in, the time for prevention has past. This is an area that HIV specialists and cardiologists should begin to focus upon. Now that it is officially known that HIV patients are at a higher risk of heart attack, the preventative measures for these people need to be cemented. HIV is a disease that has a poor prognosis, but the odds are becoming better and better for these patients every day. With new preventative measures being put in place, there is a lot that heart specialists can do to help this segment of the population. A better understanding of why HIV patients are at this higher risk will help. This is something that is currently being researched, of course, but the fact remains that there is some sort of catalyst that needs to be determined. Whether it is poor immune systems or a reaction to the HIV drugs, there is a lot of potential for helping these people to survive their heart issues.
With HIV prevention becoming much better over the decades, this is something that will still need to be addressed by the medical community. Yes, HIV is preventable, but once people have it, they will still need high levels of medical support. The heart attack issue pinpoints this. By giving these cases the research they deserve, we can save a lot of lives and improve the quality of life amongst a still large segment of the population. People with HIV are about four times more likely to suffer a sudden heart attack and lowering that number can only do good things for the people within our communities. Prevention and treatment in this area are all very possible.