People with HIV are 68 percent more likely to develop heart failure than those not infected with the virus, according to a recent study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The research, based on nearly 39,000 Kaiser Permanente patients with HIV and about 10 times that number without HIV, also found that HIV-positive individuals aged 40 or younger, female, or of Asian or Pacific Islander ethnicity were at the highest risk.
"Our study showed that the higher risk wasn't due to differences in access to care," said lead author Alan S. Go, MD, KPSOM Professor of Health Systems Science and senior research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research. "They were all getting the highest quality care."
Michael J. Silverberg, PhD, MPH, KPSOM Professor of Health Systems Science, and an HIV epidemiologist and research scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, was among the study co-authors.
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