Looking Forward

Given the advent of newer antiretroviral agents, more patients with HIV are living longer and AIDS-related deaths are declining. However, CVD-related deaths have increased. In addition, current data suggest that CHD can be similarly managed in patients with HIV and patients without HIV.

“Both HIV and CHD are global health issues, and as the HIV population ages, the increase in cardiovascular risk will pose future challenges to clinicians and health authorities,” the researchers wrote.1 In particular, they urged more research be directed toward developing nations, especially in light of the higher disease burden and fewer healthcare and monetary resources available.1

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“[M]ore investigation and study are required to understand the critical pathways in the pathogenesis of the atherosclerotic process in the HIV population, the role of aggressive primary and secondary preventative measures for CHD, and the role of current and newer antiretroviral therapies.”1


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