Would you recommend that patients see a cardiologist prior to beginning any chemotherapy regimen?
Dr Plana: I would not say any chemo regimen – I would say that patients should see a cardiologist if they have risk factors for heart disease and receive a cardio-toxic chemotherapy regimen. If you are going to receive a cardio-toxic regimen AND if you have risk factors for heart disease – that is the most important.
Dr. Plana talks about strain imaging, a test used to screen and monitor patients at high risk for cardiotoxicity.
You can read more questions and answers from Dr. Plana about cancer treatments and heart disease in our web Cardio-Oncology chat transcript.