HIV/AIDS Glossary

Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)

Synonym(s): Coronary Artery Disease

A disease caused by the narrowing or blockage of the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart (called coronary arteries). Symptoms of coronary heart disease (CHD) can include chest pain, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, or a heart attack. Some antiretroviral (ARV) medicines may increase the risk of CHD in people with HIV.

Related Term(s): Atherosclerosis, Myocardial Infarction

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