HIV Docs May Be Missing Signs of Heart Disease

SAN FRANCISCO – Physicians treating HIV patients may need to be more alert to the early signs of cardiovascular disease, researchers said here.

People with HIV were more likely than others to already have serious coronary artery disease by the time they were given cardiac catheterization, according to Charles Hicks, MD, of Duke University Medical Center.

The finding, from a small cohort study, suggests that HIV specialists may be missing the early signs of cardiovascular illness in their patients, Hicks told reporters at the annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.

Michael Smith reports here.

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