Navigation Links
HIV patients in care lose more years of life to smoking than to HIV infection
Date:12/18/2012

Among HIV patients receiving well-organized care with free access to antiretroviral therapy, those who smoke lose more years of life to smoking than to HIV, according to a Danish study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases and available online. The findings highlight the importance of smoking cessation efforts in the long-term, integrated care of patients infected with HIV.

Marie Helleberg, MD, of Copenhagen University Hospital and colleagues estimated the effect of smoking on mortality, risk of death, and life expectancy, and the number of life years lost to smoking compared to years lost to HIV among nearly 3,000 HIV-infected patients treated in Denmark from 1995 to 2010. They also compared mortality associated with smoking between HIV patients and the country's background population. Where HIV care is integrated and antiretroviral therapy is available at no cost, "more than 60 percent of deaths among HIV patients are associated with smoking," rather than HIV, Dr. Helleberg said.

Estimated life expectancy differed significantly based on smoking status. A 35-year-old HIV patient who currently smokes had a life expectancy of 62.6 years, compared to 78.4 years for a nonsmoker infected with HIV. The loss of years of life associated with smoking was twice as high as that associated with HIV among HIV-infected patients. In addition, researchers found the excess mortality of HIV-infected smokers to be three times higher than that of individuals not infected with HIV.

"Our findings emphasize the importance of counseling HIV patients on smoking cessation as smoking may impact their life expectancy considerably more than the HIV infection itself," the study authors wrote. The results also underscore the importance of prioritizing interventions for stopping smoking in HIV patient care and for the general population. Smokers who stop see their risk of cardiovascular disease drop rather quickly, but they remain at increased risk of cancer until several years after quitting.

The emphasis on well-organized HIV care is crucial, according to Dr. Helleberg and her team. Continuing to smokeor starting the habitposes extra risks for patients with HIV. Patients who receive integrated care from a variety of health care professionals, including those who can help patients address lifestyle issues, can find support for decisions to stop smoking.


'/>"/>
Contact: Jerica Pitts
jpitts@pcipr.com
312-558-1770
Infectious Diseases Society of America
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Evidence insufficient to recommend routine antibiotics for joint replacement patients
2. Patients with diabetes may not receive best treatment to lower heart disease risk
3. Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care Reminds Patients to Book Appointments Now Before 2012 Flex Benefits Run Out
4. Telestroke networks can be cost-effective for hospitals, good for patients
5. Jean LaMantia Author of The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook Offers Recipe and Tips for Cancer Patients and Caregivers During the Christmas Season
6. Blood Cancer Patients May Benefit From New Transplant Technique
7. Millions of patients still waiting for medical breakthroughs against neglected diseases
8. Scientists ID Gene That Shows Progression in ALS Patients
9. Patients with family history of colorectal cancer may be at risk for aggressive form of the disease
10. Older and younger chronic leukemia patients may need different therapy
11. Novel test identifies patients most likely to benefit from ALK inhibition therapy
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... 05, 2016 , ... Pivot Point Consulting achieved ... KLAS Performance Report, Epic Consulting 2016 - Which Firms Provide Breadth, ... consulting services for electronic health record (EHR) solutions from Epic Systems Corporation ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... , ... May 05, 2016 , ... Textile Exchange ... Wool Standard (RWS) for public stakeholder review. The stakeholder review is an important opportunity ... meets its goals and delivers value to the wool industry., The RWS is intended ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... May 05, 2016 , ... ... and dedicated Twitter feed to cover the latest news and commentary at the 2016 ... 10th. This meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... TLC Laser Eye Centers ... California. The laser eye center will now be called “Gordon Schanzlin New Vision Institute, ... will remain at the full-service facility to ensure that patients continue to receive the ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... ... promise successful results with IVF and with egg freezing, today announced the grand ... patient-centric and highest quality fertility care, Spring Fertility offers both fertility preservation (egg, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/4/2016)... 2016 According to market research "Global ... Forecast to 2022 - Industry Insights by Slice Type (High, ... Others)" by P&S Market Research, the global computed tomography ... it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.0% ... segment is expected to witness the faster growth, CAGR of ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... DUBLIN , May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... the addition of the  "Global Acute Ischemic ... 2016"  report to their offering.  ... Global Acute Ischemic Stroke Market ... insights into Acute Ischemic Stroke pipeline products, ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... May 3, 2016 BioNovus Innovations LLC ... for Advancing Medical Innovation (IAMI) today announced a ... diagnostics and medical devices. An agreement ... rights to license, develop and commercialize medical innovations ... "This partnership represents a significant advance in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: