Clinical characteristics of HIV-infected patients with adjudicated heart failure

Alexandra B. Steverson, Anna E. Pawlowski, Daniel Schneider, Prasanth Nannapaneni, Jes M. Sanders, Chad J. Achenbach, Sanjiv J. Shah, Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, Matthew J. Feinstein*

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Aims: HIV-infected persons may have elevated risks for heart failure, but factors associated with heart failure in the modern era of HIV therapy are insufficiently understood. Despite substantial disagreement between physician-adjudicated heart failure and heart failure diagnosis codes, few studies of HIV cohorts have evaluated adjudicated heart failure. We evaluated associations of HIV viremia, immunosuppression, and cardiovascular risk factors with physician-adjudicated heart failure. Methods and results: We analyzed clinical characteristics associated with heart failure in a cohort of 5041 HIV-infected patients receiving care at an urban hospital system between 2000 and 2016. We also evaluated characteristics of HIV-infected patients who screened negative for heart failure, screened positive for possible heart failure but did not have heart failure after adjudication, and had adjudicated heart failure. HIV-infected patients with heart failure (N = 216) were older and more likely to be black, hypertensive, and have diabetes than HIV-infected patients without heart failure; heart failure with reduced ejection fraction was more common than heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. In our primary analyses restricted to HIV-infected patients whose heart failure diagnoses did not precede their HIV diagnoses (N = 149), peak HIV viral load ≥100,000 copies/mL (odds ratio (OR) 2.12, 1.28–3.52) and nadir CD4 T-cell count <200 cells/mm3 (OR 2.35, 1.04–5.31) were associated with significantly elevated odds of heart failure. Overall, 30.6% of patients with any diagnosis code of heart failure had adjudicated heart failure. Conclusion: Higher peak HIV viremia and lower CD4 cell nadir are associated with significantly elevated odds of heart failure for HIV-infected persons. Physician adjudication of heart failure may be helpful in HIV cohorts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1746-1758
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean journal of preventive cardiology
Issue number16
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017


  • HIV
  • Heart failure
  • adjudication
  • electronic cohort

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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