Care for your Heart

CATIE has an excellent review of heart health, abstract below. It reviews the risk factors, methods for assessing heart health and means to help reduce risk of heart attack and stroke. There is a special emphasis on issues affecting people living with HIV.

Fact Sheets

HIV and cardiovascular disease: keeping your heart and blood vessels healthy

Cardiovascular disease affects the health of your heart and blood vessels and can lead to heart attacks or stroke. You may think that these are problems that affect only older people. However, emerging research suggests that HIV infection increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and stroke, even in relatively young people. So, regular monitoring by your doctor of your overall and cardiovascular health should be part of your plan for living longer and living well. Getting on treatment for HIV is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy. This Fact Sheet has many additional steps you can take to reduce your risk for heart attacks, stroke and other complications.

This CATIE fact sheet addresses the potential of certain supplements to support cardiovascular health: Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil); niacin; carnitine; CoQ10; and chromium (subject of an interesting small study in Canada).

Read more about supplements for cardiovascular health at NYBC’s pages on “Cholesterol/Triglycerides” at and on “CoQ10” at (includes practical suggestions for optimizing your use of CoQ10).


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