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Heart disease and breast cancer: Can women cut risk for both?
- By Monique Tello, MD, MPH, Contributor
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Monique Tello, MD, MPH, Contributor
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Breast Cancer Treatments Can Increase Risk of Heart Disease
Some breast cancer therapies can be hard on the heart. Experts say it shouldn’t stand in the way of treatment and steps can be taken to improve heart health.Some treatments for breast cancer can harm your heart. And heart disease is the number one cause of death for women in the United States.
Some treatments can cause abnormal heart rhythms, weaken the heart muscle, or damage heart cells.
One of the treatments is doxorubicin (Adriamycin). However, slower administration of the drug may reduce the cardiovascular risk. Also, a drug called dexrazoxane was recently approved for patients with metastatic breast cancer who are getting high doses of doxorubicin. It may help reduce heart cell damage, but more studies are needed to confirm this….Deepak Sharma(mygenericpharmacy)
It should also be noted that one of the major causes of heart disease and cancer is smoking. Lots of people are addicted to it; women included.
And what about breast-feeding as a prevention for breast cancer (and ovarian cancer, and many other things)?
Really helpful. Thanks
Really helpful. Thanks
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