Cancer Survived Patients are More Prone to Cardiac DiseaseVignesh Subbaian (Author) Published Date : Nov 25, 2019 15:39 IST
Penn State College, UK, confirms cancer patients have ten times more risk to CVD than ordinary people.
After recently confirming cancer patients die of stroke more than cancer, Penn State College of Medicine has come out with a new finding. It says that cancer patients also have ten times increased risk of dying from heart disease than ordinary people. Recently published in the European Heart Journal, the researchers compared the vast details of 3.2 million US cancer survivors to come to such findings.
Dr. Nicholas Zaorsky, the lead author of the study and a radiation oncologist of the Penn State Cancer Institute, says the study will increase the awareness of the patients. Only then they could implement a healthy lifestyle in the long-term to avoid not only CVD or cardiovascular disease but also cancer reoccurrence. Dr.Kathleen Sturgeon, the co-author of the study and an assistant professor in the same institute, said that the findings confirm that a lot of cancer patients will die to CVD, stroke, aneurysm, and others.
Martin Ledwick, head cancer information nurse at Cancer Research UK, says that the study will make doctors monitor the cancer patients for CVD and stroke closely. But the study conducted on an enormous 3 + million data of cancer patients did not say why they are at higher risk from CVD. It merely means that the research was done on 28 different cancer patients, out of which 38 % died from cancer, and 11 % died from CVD. The other finding, like in stroke patients, was that the risk of CVD was higher for younger cancer patients.