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HIV infection linked to increased myocardial infarction risk

KEY POINT

Individuals with HIV had a 50% higher relative risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) than uninfected individuals. The observed increase in risk was beyond that explained by underlying cardiovascular risk, comorbidities, and substance use.

SOURCES

Freiberg MS et al. HIV infection and the risk of acute myocardial infarction. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173:614–22. 

Mallon PWG. Getting to the heart of HIV infection and myocardial infarction [commentary]. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173:622–23.