In HIV patients risk of stroke is more

HIVA recent research has stated that among people with HIV there has been a rise in strokes despite strokes coming down among the US population. And experts believe that the risk of strokes might increase among people who are getting treated for the AIDS-causing virus.

Two conditions that increase the risk of stroke are cholesterol and recent previous research has stated that despite no direct link between the HIV medication and stroke, there is a possibility of increase in the above two conditions with HIV treatment.

Study author Dr. Bruce Ovbiagele, a neuroscience professor at the University of California, San Diego, said, "Until we have a better idea what's happening, this is a call or reminder to clinicians to be cognizant of these risk factors for stroke in these HIV patients."

From 1997, a database of hospitalizations for stroke from 1997, through 2006, when a new generation of AIDS drugs was in its early days of use, was examined by researchers for drawing the conclusions.

It was seen that in the year 2006, there was a 60 per cent increase in the rate of stroke hospitalization of people who were HIV-infected despite a fall in overall hospitalizations for stroke seven per cent.