AIDS Drug Abacavir Doubles Heart Attack Risk

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A commonly used AIDS drug appears to nearly double the risk of a heart attack, researchers said Tuesday.

In a study published online by the medical journal Lancet, the researchers also said another less frequently used AIDS drug increased the chances of a heart attack by 50 percent. Experts said doctors should be aware of the increased risks, but they did not recommend that patients abandon the two drugs, Ziagen and Videx.