Risk Of Heart Attack And Stroke Increases Following The Cancer Diagnosis

Publish Date : 2017-08-16

According to some researchers’ report, cancer patients have elevated risks of stroke and heart attack from blood clumps, particularly in the earlier months following diagnosis, compared with patients who don't have cancer.

Dr. Babak B. Navi from Weill Cornell Medicine in New York said that a new cancer diagnosis is linked with more than a double risk of heart attack and stroke in the initial six months post cancer diagnosis, thus, patients with cancer and their physicians require to pay extra attention to the possible secondary complexities of cancer and its therapeutics, especially the cardiovascular ones, which are allied with significant mortality and morbidity.

Cancer elevates the risk of blood clumps, but the majority of earlier studies accounted for the risk of pulmonary embolism and deep-vein thrombosis, not on clumps in the arterias, where they cause strokes and heart attacks.

Dr. Navi's team utilized data from a Medicare-related database to estimate the risk of stroke and heart attack in patients of age 66 or more with innovative diagnoses of 8 types of cancer: lung, breast, prostate, colon, pancreas, bladder, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and stomach. Researchers have compared the cardiovascular risks in the people without cancer to the patients with cancer.

On August 14, the Researchers reported in the American College of Cardiology Journal that after six months following to the cancer diagnosis, patients had an elevated rate of stroke or heart attack which is about 4.7%, owing to blood clots than patients without cancer which is 2.2%.

The rate was uppermost in lung cancer patients which is around 8.3% and was normally elevated in the most-advanced cancer patients. However, patients in the initial stages of cancer still had an amplified risk of heart attack and stroke.

After the initial six months, the deviations in risk got lesser, and post a year following diagnosis; the risks of heart attack and stroke were almost the same in people with cancer, against those without cancer.

Furthermore, the risk of death within a month after a heart attack or stroke was also higher in cancer patients which is 17.6% compared to the patients without cancer which is almost 11.6%.

Dr. Navi also said that this proposes that all patients with cancer, including patients with localized disease, must be supervised for symptoms and signs of cardiovascular disease, also he suggest that patients with recently diagnosed cancers should have honest and open discussions with their physicians regarding individual risks of stroke and myocardial infarction and that they must work with their physicians to aggressively aim any recognized cardiovascular risk factors.

The co-author of an editorial allied to this new report, Dr. Edward T. H. Yeh from University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri said that based on the early stroke and myocardial infarction risk in cancer patients, it is significant for the oncologist to consult patients with cardiovascular risks, such as high cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes, to internists or cardiologists for risk-factor alteration.

Cancer patients must be aware of the symptoms and signs of severe stroke and coronary syndrome. They have to seek instant medical attention tracing the beginning of new signs or symptoms.

Dr. Yeh further said that successful cancer management must include hindrance of cancer or cancer therapy-linked undesirable events, cancer patients are supposed to be co-managed with medical specialists or cardiologists to get better medical results.