According to a new study, people with HIV and hepatitis C are at increased risk for heart attack as they age. The study, which was published in the journal AIDS, followed a group of 1,700 HIV-positive and hepatitis C-positive people over the course of 10 years.
The researchers found that the risk of heart attack increased as the participants aged. People with HIV and hepatitis C were three times more likely to have a heart attack than those without the virus. The risk was even higher for those with both HIV and hepatitis C.
The findings highlight the need for better prevention and treatment of heart disease in people with HIV and hepatitis C. The viruses can damage the heart and increase the risk of heart attacks.
treatments for HIV and hepatitis C, the risk of heart attack can be reduced.
Because both HIV and hepatitis C infection increase inflammation throughout the body, people with both infections are at increased risk for a wide range of diseases as they age, including cardiovascular disease, which can lead to heart attacks.
There is no cure for either HIV or hepatitis C, but treatments are available that can prolong life and improve quality of life for people with both infections. In addition, there are lifestyle changes that can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, such as quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and getting regular exercise.
As people with HIV and hepatitis C infection live longer and healthier lives, it is important to be aware of the increased risk of developing age-related diseases. By taking steps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, people with HIV and hepatitis C can enjoy long, healthy lives.