Evidence on the Protective Role of High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) in HIV-Infected Individuals
Richard W. James.
During the last decades, the improvements in the assessment and management of cardiovascular
risk have been successful in the reduction of acute cardiovascular outcomes. Among different
prevention and therapeutic strategies, treatments targeting HDL increase have been indicated as promising
interventions from both basic research and clinical studies. Although this therapeutic approach
still requires confirmatory findings from large clinical trials, emerging evidence indicates that it would be particularly useful
in some patient categories characterized by accelerated atherosclerotic diseases. In this regard, HIV-infected patients
(under antiretroviral treatment or not) have been recently indicated as an appropriate target population. The present review
will discuss the promising role of HDL in HIV-related cardiovascular pathophysiology and update novelties from clinical
studies targeting HDL increase in HIV patients.
Keywords: HIV, cardiovascular risk, high-density lipoprotein.
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