Therapies used to treat breast cancer may cause heart failure

Last Thursday, the American Heart Association issued a statement saying that radiation and chemotherapies used to treat breast cancer can cause heart failure or other serious cardiovascular issues years after treatment.

Dr. Sunanda Pejavar, Radiation oncologist from Sharp Healthcare joined Good Morning San Diego to talk about how these treatments can be bad for your cardiovascular health.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women in the United States.

To put it in perspective, according to the AHA, nearly 48 million women in the U.S. have some form of heart disease, compared with 3.3 million women with breast cancer.

Women are surviving the cancer, yet still have to face the risk of developing heart problems.

A woman’s likelihood of having cardiac complications after cancer treatment may be due to a combination of factors, such as cardiotoxicity of cancer treatments; existing risk factors for heart disease; and lifestyle factors.

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