The Week in Review: Feb 10, 2017 – Feb 17, 2017
HCV & Heart Disease: More and more I am hearing that people who have just finished treatment for HCV have had a stroke! Our community really needs to know that hepatitis C is an independent risk factor for various kinds of heart disease: cerebrovascular events (strokes), and ischemic heart disease caused by atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in the arteries – particularly the coronary and carotid arteries, which can cause heart attack (coronary) and impeded blood flow to the brain (carotid). As well the systemic inflammatory response to HCV is also a cause of atrial fibrillation, which is in itself a major stroke risk.
The Week in Review: Feb 3, 2017 – Feb 10, 2017
This week there is more on liver cancer: The much higher risk from HCV-related cirrhosis compared to alcohol-related cirrhosis; the fact that Toronto is a liver cancer hotspot – due to the high percentage of immigrants with HBV and HCV and the lack of Baby Boomer screening; and more questions about DAAs and liver cancer risk. Also in the news was information about HIV-HCV coinfection and reinfection rates among MSM. Not good news there.