12/10/2012

Data on 300 youths showed those who were HIV-positive were more than twice as likely to develop signs of atherosclerosis compared with their healthier peers, raising their risk of heart attack. "Cardiovascular disease has already put down roots in children and adolescents with HIV, and we need to take preventive measures at this early stage. We should be more aggressive in treating their high cholesterol with medication -- this practice is common in adults but rare in children," researcher Dr. Talia Sainz Costa said. The findings were being presented at the annual meeting of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging.

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