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Editor's Correspondence
Oct 24, 2011

Risk of Heart Failure With Human Immunodeficiency Virus Is Greater Than Hypertension?

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Postgraduate Studies Program in Epidemiology, School of Medicine, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (Dr Fuchs). Mr de Melo Neto and Ms Mosele are currently master of science degree students of the Postgraduate Studies Program in Epidemiology, School of Medicine, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul.

Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(19):1773-1774. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.490

In an article published in the Archives, Butt et al1 reported an association between human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and heart failure in a retrospective cohort of veterans with no coronary heart disease (CHD) at the baseline. In addition, the magnitude of the association was even stronger for HIV infection than for traditional risk factors, except hypertension and diabetes.

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