Patients with HIV are 4.5 times more likely to die of a heart attack than people who are not HIV positive, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
The researchers analyzed medical records of more than 800 patients from 2000 San Francisco General Hospital with HIV, between April 2000 and August 2009, of which approximately 8% died during the four years of the period studied.
15% of patients who died, died from causes related to heart disease, according to the study, and of that group 86% died from a sudden heart attack.
“The fact that the vast majority of deaths were sudden cardiac condition is surprising, and implies that we as physicians should be aware of this potential health problem among patients with HIV”, said in a press release released by the university, Priscilla Hsue, one of the researchers.
“Our results also highlight many things I still do not know about HIV and sudden death,” said Hsue, who said that should be investigated whether these patients die of coronary artery disease not recognized and how they can identify patients at risk to prevent.