AIDS + CMV increase risk of cerebrovascular disease threefold
A professor named Chen Yi-min and his research team at the Infectious Diseases and Cancer Research Center of Kaohsiung Medical University say that AIDS and complications from cytomegalovirus (CMV) infections together will increase the risk of cerebrovascular disease threefold.
The team studied 22,581 AIDs cases over a 15-year period and found that cerebrovascular disease occurred in 1% of the patients. However, AIDS and complications from cytomegalovirus infections together increase the risk of cerebrovascular disease threefold.
The study says that the cytomegalovirus in AIDS patients damages the tunica intima of the blood vessels and stimulates growth of smooth muscle cells. At the same time, it causes inflammation of the tunica intima of the blood vessels, causing hardening and narrowing of the blood vessels, and thus increases the risk of cerebrovascular disease.
Cytomegalovirus is a common respiratory tract virus. Cytomegalovirus infection may cause retinitis, hepatitis, and pneumonia.