Does breast cancer increase the risk of heart failure?

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Breast cancer, which is the most common type of cancer all over the world, increases the chance of treatment with early diagnosis. However, even if breast cancer is treated, it can trigger other health problems. According to the results of an observation study conducted in the USA, breast cancer can impair heart function. Referring to the results of the recently shared study, Medical Oncology Specialist Prof. Dr. Serdar Turhal at Anadolu Medical Center said, “The results of the study in which approximately 45 thousand breast cancer patients were followed for 7 years showed that the risk of heart failure in these patients is approximately 2 times higher than in the normal population.”

 

Research continues on breast cancer, which is the most common type of cancer, which is seen in one of every 8 women worldwide and surpassed lung cancer last year. The results of the study, which was conducted in the United States and examined the heart functions of patients with breast cancer, were announced.

Medical Oncology Specialist Prof. Dr. Serdar Turhal at Anadolu Medical Center said, “Women participating in the study were followed for 7 years. After the follow-up, data on the working power of the heart were obtained in 44,174 patients. According to the results, it was revealed that the risk of heart failure was approximately 2 times higher than the normal population, although the patients survived breast cancer and there was no numerical decrease in the pumping power of the heart.”

Emphasizing the importance of monitoring the heart health of patients who survived breast cancer, Prof. Dr. Serdar Turhal said, “It is important for all individuals to adopt the right lifestyle to protect their heart health, but in the light of this information, it would be beneficial for patients who survived breast cancer to be more careful and attentive to their heart health, with the awareness that they are in the high-risk group.”

 

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