Characteristics Prevention and Management of Cardiovascular Disease in People Living With HIV

Published: June 03, 2019

HIV vials with torso highlighting blood, heart, and brain
  • This statement reviews existing evidence and key gaps on HIV-associated cardiovascular disease (CVD).
  • Heart disease and stroke are common in people with HIV, even for people with well-controlled HIV and no detectable virus in the blood, and rates of heart attack, heart failure, and stroke are significantly greater in these people than those without HIV.
  • This paper addresses significant gaps in understanding exist for the cardiologists and primary care physicians who are unaware of elevated CVD risks among HIV-infected persons and the infectious disease specialists, who may be inadequately informed regarding how to recognize, prevent, and treat CVD.