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September 30, 2009

Abacavir impairs endothelial function, possibly explaining increased heart attack risk

"Treatment with abacavir impairs endothelial function, providing a possible explanation for the drug’s association with an increased risk of heart attack, US investigators report in the September 24th edition of AIDS.

"They found that patients currently receiving abacavir (as well as those who had taken the drug in the past) had impaired flow-mediated dilation in the brachial artery compared to individuals with no history of treatment with the drug."

Read more in Aidsmap, September 30, 2009.