HIV Management Today

Cardiovascular Risk Management in HIV Care: Facing Reality

An Interview With David Alain Wohl, M.D.

Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of mortality in the U.S. It is thus, almost by definition, a major topic of concern for the HIV-infected people we count among our patients and clients -- many of whom are intimately associated with traditional cardiovascular risk factors, such as cigarette smoking, low physical fitness, hyperlipidemia and hypertension.

Yet when it comes to the incorporation of cardiovascular risk management into HIV care, we haven't seen much in the way of consistent or comprehensive guidance. As we accumulate more data regarding the intersection of HIV and cardiovascular disease, a clearer picture of the issue is developing. But that picture has yet to be properly framed for many of the health care professionals who actively treat people infected with HIV in the U.S.

For this episode of HIV Management Today, we called in an expert to paint -- and frame -- that picture for us. David Alain Wohl, M.D., is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina (UNC), the site leader of the UNC AIDS Clinical Trials Unit at Chapel Hill, and the director of the North Carolina AIDS Education and Training Center. He is a widely respected clinician-researcher who has extensively spoken and conducted research on cardiovascular complications in HIV-infected populations.

David Alain Wohl, M.D.

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