Recent advances in medical therapies have turned HIV from a terminal illness into a chronic but manageable condition, making the outlook for a longer, healthier life a real prospect for the tens of thousands of people with the infection. But while living longer, people with the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS are at greater risk for cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks, strokes, and abnormal heart rhythms.
The award-winning cardiologists at the offices of The DOCS strongly recommend that patients living with HIV have regular examinations as part of their regular health screening routine. Our specialized training and advanced treatment methods are focused on preventing, detecting, and treating diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Because the incidence of certain heart diseases has been found to be almost two times higher among HIV patients, it is absolutely critical to be proactive about having regular checkups.
Why are people with HIV more likely to develop heart disease? At first some doctors believed that the antiretroviral therapy used as the primary treatment for the disease might be a contributing factor. But other research has indicated that the virus actually may be over-stimulating the body’s immune response, triggering inflammation that causes a buildup of plaque in the blood vessels. Plaque is a major cause of heart disease.
Scheduling regular, comprehensive examinations with the specialists at the offices of The DOCS should be a vital part of any HIV patient’s offensive against heart disease. Our caring, attentive staff will discuss each patient’s medical history, their lifestyle, and the medications they are using, to make sure they are taking all the necessary steps to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. We want to help our patients with HIV live their lives to the fullest, with strong, healthy hearts. Don’t hesitate to contact our office today to make an appointment.
By The DOCS - Cardiovascular
August 24, 2021
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