Cardiovascular Risk in HIV/AIDS and Lipodystrophy Syndrome Patients
Background:The treatment of people living with AIDS, known a highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), has increased considerably, and the disease has therefore acquired chronic features. Several changes have been observed, especially in cardiovascular disease risk. Objective: To assess cardiovascular risk in HIV/AIDS patients treated with HAART and compare this with Lipodystrophy Syndrome (LS) carriers. Methods: This is a descriptive cross-sectional study. 192 patients were recruited from a lipodystrophy outpatient centre, using Framingham risk scores. Results: After criteria inclusion/exclusion, the final sample consisted of 81 patients divided into two groups (HIV/AIDS - without lipodystrophy and HIV/LS - with lipodystrophy). The mean age of HIV/AIDS was 46.5 years, and of the HIV/LS patients was 52 years. In accordance with Framingham scores the cardiovascular risk in HIV/AIDS was 46.59% and 14.29% in HIV/LS. Conclusion: The risk of cardiovascular disease over 10 years is significantly higher in patients with lipodystrophy syndrome.
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