HIV and Sudden Cardiac Death

Sudden Cardiac Death and Myocardial Fibrosis in Persons with HIV
We found that the rates of presumed sudden cardiac death and myocardial fibrosis were higher among HIV-positive persons than among those without known HIV infection.
  • In collaboration with Dr. Priscilla Hsue, we found that sudden death rates among HIV+ patients were about four times higher than sudden death rates in the general population, and accounted for 13% of all deaths among HIV+ patients. We recently received new NIH funding to identify risk factors and underlying causes of sudden death in the HIV+ population.
  • For more details on current HIV POST SCD research, please refer to our 2021 publication in the New England Journal of Medicine, Sudden Cardiac Death and Myocardial Fibrosis, Determined by Autopsy, in Persons with HIV.