Women with breast cancer who treats her breast cancer with radiation may increase the risk of heart disease in the future, even if they only use low doses. According to the study, the risk comes from any amount of radiation, starting five years after treatment and lasts for several decades.
However, patients do not need to panic. Radiation is a top priority to improve the survival of cancer patients. The chance to suffer from heart problems due to radiation is quite small.
For example, four or five out of 100 women aged 50 years are known free from cardiac risk. At the age of 80 years the risk begins to open. Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that these risks will increase if women did treatment with radiation.
As reported by sfgate, some chemotherapy drugs are known to harm the heart muscle. But a new study suggests radiation can injure arteries, making them vulnerable to be hardened and clogged, causing a heart attack.
Dr Javid Moslehi, co-director of the cardio-oncology program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston say heart disease is like cancer. “The disease will develop after there is a cause that attacks you, such as high cholesterol, he said. Radiation is one of the causes of it,” he said.
Another study showed that women who had detected a history of heart disease and diabetes are at greater risk than women who were initially healthy. Women can do many things to reduce their risk by maintaining weight, cholesterol and blood pressure.
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