September 26, 2012

September 26, 2012
People With HIV Face Higher
Risk of Death Following Heart Attack

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Tuesday and I hope you are having a safe and great weekend so far. It is another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

One of the dangers of being a long term survivor of HIV and AIDS like I am is heart attacks and stroke. I recently read a new piece on the risk of heart attacks for people with HIV and want to share it with you today.

HIV-positive people who experience a heart attack and require hospitalization are more likely to die, compared with those not infected with the virus, according to new data presented at the 52nd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in San Francisco.

The analysis of 1.5 million heart attack-related hospital admissions recorded by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Nationwide Inpatient Survey between 1997 and 2006 found that roughly 4 percent of those with HIV died, compared with 2 percent of those not infected the virus. After adjusting the data for numerous key differences between the two groups, the risk of death was roughly 38 percent higher among those infected with HIV.

Lead presenter Daniel Pearce, DO, of Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA, explained that reasons for this disparity are not yet clear, but noted HIV-positive patients were less likely to receive standard cardiovascular care procedures while hospitalized, notably antiocoagulant treatment, angiography, cardiac catheterization and/or bypass surgery.

“Additional mortality burden and lower procedure rates occur for HIV sero-positives receiving [heart attack] care,” the authors concluded. “Healthcare providers should be alert to the increased mortality burden when treating sero-positives with [heart attacks]. Studies to evaluate factors associated with this differential outcome are required.”

So this is one more reason for people living with HIV to take the best care of themselves. It is hard enough living with HIV and AIDS and hopefully by living the best possibly regarding health and other good health practices, we can limit the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Hope you have a beary safe and great Tuesday.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab