Can Hepatitis Hurt Your Heart?
BY HIV Plus Editors
February 26 2009 1:00 AM ET
Although some studies have shown HIVers coinfected with hepatitis C are at a lower risk of cardiac complications, a new study suggests that coinfection with HCV itself may boost chances for heart diseases.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 6,500 HIV-HCVers, and found that while coinfected adults were indeed less likely to have high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, they were 25% more likely to have had a heart attack. Stroke risks were 20% higher.
The researchers conclude that HIV-HCV coinfection itself is a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes, and as such physicians should carefully monitor coinfected patients for any sign of cardiovascular problems.