March 9, 2018

Study Finds Cancer Survivors are at Higher Risk for Heart Failure

By Kelley Luckstein


A new study out of Mayo Clinic has found breast cancer and lymphoma survivors are at a higher risk of heart failure. The study found patients who were treated for these two types of cancer are more than KAAL 6 News Rochester Logothree times likely to develop congestive heart failure. Dr. Hector Villarraga, a Mayo Clinic Cardiologist and senior author of the study said the research will help doctors monitor patients for heart damage, during and after chemotherapy. "We can also look at special things inside the muscle that we've been exploring that can tell me; hey this heart could be damaged in the future. So we detect that and that's working with our oncologist. We can start the patient on cardio prevention or cardioprotection," Villarraga said.

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Context: This story was in response to research published by Dr. Hector Villarraga, cardiologist at Mayo Clinic. The news release about this study is published on the Mayo Clinic News Network.

Contact: Traci Klein

Tags: Cancer, Cancer, Cardiology, Cardiology, Dr. Hector Villarraga, KAAL, lymphoma, Mayo Clinic Rochester

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