Association of HIV Infection and Antiretroviral Therapy With Sudden Cardiac Death

Background: HIV infection potentially increases coronary artery disease and heart failure risks. However, the association between HIV infection and sudden cardiac death (SCD) has not been extensively studied. This nationwide cohort study aimed to determine SCD risks in Taiwanese patients with and without HIV infection. Methods: Adult people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) since January 1, 2003, were identified from the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control HIV surveillance system. HIV-infected individuals were defined as positive HIV-1 Western blot. A control cohort without HIV infection, matched for age and sex, was selected for comparison from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. All patients were followed up until SCD, mortality for another cause, or till December 31, 2014. A time-dependent Cox proportional hazards model was used to determine the association of HIV and antiretroviral therapy (ART) with SCD. Results: During a mean 5.86-year follow-up, 5342 (4.40%) of 121,530 patients (24,306 PLWHA and 97,224 matched controls) died; among them, 150 (0.12%) died of SCD. Among 150 SCD events, 97 (64.7%) and 53 (33.3%) occurred in PLWHA and controls, respectively, which corresponded to incidences of 68.31 in PLWHA and 9.31 per 100,000 person-years in controls (P
Source: JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Clinical Science Source Type: research

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