Tuesday July 23, 2019

Study: Postmenopausal Women with Breast Cancer are at Greater Risk of Heart Disease

"Heart-healthy lifestyle modifications will decrease both the risk of recurrent breast cancer and the risk of developing heart disease," Pinkerton said

0
//
breast cancer, heart disease
"Heart-healthy lifestyle modifications will decrease both the risk of recurrent breast cancer and the risk of developing heart disease," Pinkerton said. Pixabay

Researchers have found that postmenopausal women with breast cancer are at greater risk of developing heart disease.

“Heart disease appears more commonly in women treated for breast cancer because of the toxicities of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and use of aromatase inhibitors, which lower estrogen,” said JoAnn Pinkerton, Professor at the University of Virginia.

The cardiovascular effects may occur more than five years after radiation exposure, with the risk persisting for up to 30 years. “Heart-healthy lifestyle modifications will decrease both the risk of recurrent breast cancer and the risk of developing heart disease,” Pinkerton said.

Heart disease, breast cancer
For people without heart disease, taking a daily aspirin to prevent heart attacks and strokes may increase the risk of severe brain bleeding. Pixabay

The goal of the study was to compare and evaluate risk factors for cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women who are survivors of breast cancer and women without breast cancer. For the findings, more than 90 postmenopausal breast cancer survivors were compared with 192 postmenopausal women.

ALSO READ: Drug to Uplift Growth in Children Suffering from Dwarfism Shows Promise

The researchers found that postmenopausal women who are survivors of breast cancer showed a markedly stronger association with metabolic syndrome, diabetes, atherosclerosis, hypertriglyceridemia and abdominal obesity, which are major risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

The risk of cardiovascular mortality similarly increased to match death rates from cancer itself. “Women should schedule a cardiology consultation when breast cancer is diagnosed and continue with ongoing follow-up after cancer treatments are completed,” she added. The study was published in the Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause Society. (IANS)

Next Story

Mission Delhi to Provide Care to STEMI, Very Serious Type of Heart Attack Patients

A STEMI patient requires treatment within the golden hour (90 minutes) of the onset of symptoms and providing clot buster therapy

0
Mission Delhi, STEMI, Heart Attack
The Mission Delhi aims to provide care to STEMI, a very serious type of heart attack, patients. Pixabay

It takes just 10 minutes to treat someone under the Mission Delhi programme, started by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) along with the All India institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

The Mission Delhi aims to provide care to STEMI, a very serious type of heart attack, patients. A STEMI patient requires treatment within the golden hour (90 minutes) of the onset of symptoms and providing clot buster therapy within 30 minutes.

“Just rang up at 14:43 and within ten minutes the team of doctors arrived with their kits. We were all surprised and amazed with the prompt service. We are happy and appreciate people who thought of this initiative,” said one of the patients treated by the staff under Mission Delhi.

Heart diseases are the leading cause of death in the country. “Ischemic heart disease and stroke account for over 80 per cent of deaths both in rural and urban areas. We need to save precious lives by increasing awareness regarding STEMI symptoms and reaching the patients at the earliest,” said Dr Ramakrishnan, a leading cardiologist at AIIMS.

Mission Delhi, STEMI, Heart Attack
It takes just 10 minutes to treat someone under the Mission Delhi programme. Pixabay

The heart is like a motor that pumps blood to the body as well as the heart through three pipes — the coronary arteries. If any of these pipes is blocked by a clot, the heart tissue beyond that area dies. In the initial hours, clot busters can restore the blood flow and stop the damage to heart tissue. If the treatment is provided in the first 30 minutes, complete recovery is possible,” said Dr Praveen Aggarwal from the Department of Emergency Medicine at AIIMS.

Also Read- 79% Smartphone Users in India Using Over-the-Top (OTT) Apps

THe motorcycle ambulance system moved easily through traffic jams and offer timely and quality care led by consultants at AIIMS to patients at their residence itself. (IANS)