20 Jan '11, 4am

People infected with HIV may be 3 times more likely to suffer a stroke, US researchers said

CHICAGO - PEOPLE infected with the Aids virus may be three times more likely to suffer a stroke than people not infected, US researchers said on Wednesday. While stroke rates in the United States fell 7.2 per cent in 2006 compared to 1997, rates have spiked among people infected with the human immunodeficiency virus or HIV, rising 67 per cent during that same period. Most of the increase is in strokes caused by a blood clot in the brain, a type called ischemic strokes, which is by far the most common. 'Generally speaking, strokes in patients with HIV are not common, so the rise is notable,' said Dr Bruce Ovbiagele of the University of California, San Diego, and the VA San Diego Healthcare System, whose study appears in the journal Neurology. The team analysed hospital discharge information on patients from a nationally representative sample of millions of patients from 199...

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