alexa Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment Tools in HIV-Infected Patients - Are They Adequate?
ISSN 2155-6113

Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research
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Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment Tools in HIV-Infected Patients - Are They Adequate?

Andrew Hickey and Shashwatee Bagchi*

University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

Corresponding Author:
Shashwatee Bagchi, MD, MS
Institute of Human Virology and Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Maryland, School of Medicine
725 West Lombard Street, N359, Baltimore, MD 21201, USA
Tel: 410-706-4606
E-mail: [email protected]

Received April 27, 2016; Accepted May 21, 2016; Published May 28, 2016

Citation: Hickey A, Bagchi S (2016) Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment Tools in HIV-Infected Patients - Are They Adequate? J AIDS Clin Res 7:583. doi:10.4172/2155-6113.1000583

Copyright: © 2016 Hickey A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) has become one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among HIVinfected patients with seropositive patients developing CVD at higher rates than seronegative patients. Therefore, it is critical to have inexpensive, non-invasive assessment tools for CVD risk assessment in HIV-infected patients. Nearly all CVD risk assessment tools were derived from the general population, and their ability to predict CVD in the HIV population has been variable. In order to more accurately predict CVD risk in HIV-infected patients, a new CVD risk assessment tool derived from the HIV population that accounted for factors specific to HIV infection, disease course, and/or sequelae of treatment with antiretroviral therapy is needed. An improved CVD risk assessment tool for HIVinfected patients will help determine which patients would most benefit from primary prevention strategies.

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