Breast Cancer Treatments May Increase Heart Disease Risk, American Heart Association Says

Breast Cancer Treatments May Increase Heart Disease Risk, American Heart Association Says
Breast cancer patients may experience a higher risk for cardiovascular disease, including heart failure, according to a recent scientific statement published by the American Heart Association. When making decisions about breast cancer therapies, researchers say patients and doctors should evaluate the benefits and potential risks for heart health. "Any patient who is going to undergo breast cancer treatment, whether they have heart disease at the beginning or not, should be aware of the potential effects of the treatments on their heart," Laxmi Mehta, MD, chair of the writing group for the new scientific statement, said in a press release. "This should not deter or scare patients from undergoing breast cancer treatment, but should allow them to make informed decisions with their doctor on the best cancer treatment for them," added Mehta, who is director of the Women's Cardiovascular Health Program and an associate professor of medicine at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The statement, “Cardiovascular Disease and Breast Cancer: Where These Entities Intersect: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association,” was published in the journal Circulation. In older breast cancer survivors, the risk for cardiovascular disease is higher than the risk of disease recurrence. This suggests that therapies for breast cancer can lead to secondary cardiac effects. Therapies against HER2-positive bre
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