Cancer and Cardiac Health
February is "Heart Health Month." If you are a cancer patient, you have many things you are thinking about with your health in relation to your diagnosis. Heart health may not be on your mind, but it is a good thing for all of us to think about and try to maximize our heart health.
Some treatments may damage the heart muscle and/or blood vessels which may increase risk of heart disease in the future. If you are receiving cancer treatment in the form of chemotherapy or radiation therapy, especially if it is in the chest area, it would be wise to ask your provider how your specific regimen may impact your heart health.
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should talk with your doctor:
- pain, tightness or aching in the chest
- shortness of breath
- dizziness or lightheadedness
Heart healthy lifestyle habits like improved nutrition, exercise and quitting smoking are behaviors we should all embrace - and our hearts would LOVE it if we did!
Mayo Clinic has a Cardio-Oncology Clinic. Listen to this podcast to learn more!
Cardio-oncology Rehabilitation with Adam Schulz, MS, Clinical Exercise Physiologist