Do You Need a Cardio-Oncologist?
Managing your heart health during cancer treatment should be a top priority for anyone with a history of heart disease.
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy can be life-saving treatments for many cancer patients. But if you’re also a heart patient, these powerful therapies can also put you at risk for other health complications. Radiation therapy may contribute to heart attack, heart failure and unhealthy heart rhythms, known as arrhythmias. The chemicals in chemotherapy may damage the heart muscle, peripheral arteries and even interfere with your cholesterol profile and blood clotting.