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Author Topic: Delaying HIV Treatment Linked to Stiffened Blood Vessels  (Read 749 times)

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Delaying HIV Treatment Linked to Stiffened Blood Vessels
« on: October 30, 2019, 07:13:06 am »
To be honest the sample size from this study was 61, it's too small, although the outcome was interesting. Starting treatment earlier is recommended nowadays for so many health reasons it's overwhelming ( https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=68419.0 ) So this study was never going to be groundbreaking in that context if you ask me.

Full write-up: https://www.poz.com/article/delaying-hiv-treatment-linked-stiffened-blood-vessels

In Short:
Starting antiretroviral (ARV) treatment for HIV is associated with a reduction in endothelial dysfunction, a driver of more serious cardiovascular disease (CVD). Given this new finding, researchers are concerned that delaying HIV treatment initiation may raise the risk of CVD.

Endothelial dysfunction occurs when the layer of cells lining blood vessels stiffen, impeding the widening of such vessels that increases blood flow and lowers blood pressure. Traditionally, endothelial dysfunction is associated with cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure, irregular blood lipid levels and smoking.
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