Key clinical point: At least in people with HIV, extensive cardiac fibrosis might be enough to implant a cardiac defibrillator.
Major finding: After adjustment for age, gender, and heart disease, HIV sudden cardiac death cases had a 60% higher burden of interstitial cardiac fibrosis than did sudden death cases in the general public.
Study details: Autopsies of hundreds of sudden cardiac death patients in San Francisco
Disclosures: The work was funded by the National Institutes of Health. The lead investigator didn’t have any disclosures.
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