After Cancer, Higher Risk of Severe Heart Attack
Did you know that cancer survivors are at an increased risk for heart attacks? Mayo Clinic researchers recently analyzed data on more than 2,300 patients who suffered a ST-elevation myocardial infarction, which is the most severe type of heart attack. Findings showed that one in 10 had a history of cancer. While the study found that cancer survivors had a higher rate of heart attack, not all of the attacks were fatal. Instead, they were three times more likely to die from non-heart-related causes. Doctors say that this study supports the importance of collaboration between cardiologists and oncologists to improve patient outcomes.