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Certain High Blood Pressure Medications May Alter Heart Risk in People with HIV

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When people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) develop high blood pressure, the type of medication chosen for their initial treatment may influence their risk of heart disease, stroke, and heart failure, according to new research published today in Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal.

With current anti-retroviral medications, people with HIV can live longer. However, people with HIV receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART) are more likely to develop high blood pressure (hypertension) and hypertension-related heart problems than people who do not have the virus. The current study is the first to examine how the choice of blood pressure ...