For HIV patients at risk for heart disease and stroke, good preventive care may be hard to come by

HIV Heart Health GraphicBy AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Rob Quinn suspected something was wrong when he started to feel out of breath. He was in his mid-50s and in relatively good health. But he knew breathing problems could be a sign of heart disease, which his father had died from years earlier.

After a battery of tests showed all his numbers were normal, his doctor told Quinn he was fine. But Quinn, who had survived a heart attack 15 years earlier, pushed for more testing.

His insistence paid off. The new tests revealed he had cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart muscle gets larger or thickens.

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