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How does human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) affect my heart?

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Because HIV affects your immune system, your body will be inflamed as it tries to fight the infection, like a constant low simmer. This kind of inflammation has been linked to heart disease.

Some drugs you take for HIV can also make heart disease more likely. They can cause insulin resistance, which raises your odds for developing diabetes, and problems breaking down fats. And these can lead to heart disease.

From: How HIV Affects Your Body WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Kaminski, D. : "HIV and Inflammation: A New Threat." The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource

Summit Medical Group: "HIV and the Eyes."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "How Does HIV/AIDS Affect the Eye?"

American Heart Association: "HIV and Cardiovascular Disease," "Wellness Checklist: Know Where You Stand."

American Family Physician: "Common Side Effects of HIV Medicines."

AIDS.gov: "Staying Healthy with HIV/AIDS: Potential Related Health Problems: Kidney Disease."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on April 12, 2019

SOURCES:

Kaminski, D. : "HIV and Inflammation: A New Threat." The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource

Summit Medical Group: "HIV and the Eyes."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "How Does HIV/AIDS Affect the Eye?"

American Heart Association: "HIV and Cardiovascular Disease," "Wellness Checklist: Know Where You Stand."

American Family Physician: "Common Side Effects of HIV Medicines."

AIDS.gov: "Staying Healthy with HIV/AIDS: Potential Related Health Problems: Kidney Disease."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on April 12, 2019

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