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Can Hepatitis Hurt Your Heart?

Can Hepatitis Hurt Your Heart?


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.

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