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.
In fact, breast cancer survivors, particularly women over age 65, are more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than breast cancer, according to an American Heart Association Scientific Statement.
The statement was chaired by Dr. Laxmi Mehta, director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Program and an associate professor of medicine at The Ohio State University.
Mehta and her colleagues said that cardiologists and oncologists should work together when treating cancer patients, even after cancer treatment ends.
They want breast cancer patients to be aware of the potential effects of treatment on the heart.
“This should not deter or scare patients from undergoing breast cancer treatment but should allow them to make informed decisions with their doctor on the best cancer treatment for them,” Mehta said in a press release.