Can you identify patient-related cardiotoxicity risk factors?

3rd June 2021

Individuals who have had cancer and cancer treatments have an increased risk of experiencing cardiac problems. They therefore need careful monitoring by their primary care team so that complications can be picked up and investigated quickly.

Four key patient-related cardiotoxicity risk factors:

  1. Either younger than 18 or over 65 years old at the time of diagnosis
  2. Female
  3. Pre-existing cardiovascular problems (including hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hypercholesterolaemia)
  4. Lifestyle factors: smoking, excessive alcohol intake, obesity, sedentary lifestyle

GatewayC’s ‘Managing Physical Effects’ course reviews the common side effects of cancer treatments and aims to help in the identification and management of some specific long-term effects. It also provides information on how to support optimal bone and cardiovascular health after treatment for cancer.

The course also features an interview with Dr Ashling Lillis, Consultant in Acute Medicine, who discusses cardiovascular disease in patients that have had cancer treatments.

Find out more:

  • Access GatewayC’s ‘Managing Physical Effects’ course here
  • Read a population-based study of cardiovascular disease mortality risk in US cancer patients, European Heart Journal (2019) here

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