How Cancer Treatments Can Damage Your Heart

Some people beat cancer, only to learn that the powerful chemotherapy drugs or radiation treatments that saved their life caused lasting damage to their heart. Why you need a cardio-oncologist if you have cancer The anthracyclines—doxorubicin in particular—are among the most common cardiotoxic chemotherapy agents. Cumulative doses can cause heart failure or cardiomyopathy any time … Read More

4 Heart Tests You May Need Before Cancer Treatment

Radiation and chemotherapy fight cancer and save lives. But some patients develop heart problems during treatment and even years or decades later as a side effect of the life-saving treatment. Because of this, it is important for you to have cardiac screening tests before and after treatment. That way, your doctor may be able to … Read More

Cardio-Oncologists Get to the Heart of the Matter (Video)

Some, but not all, treatments for cancer — including chemotherapy — can have an effect on your heart. One of the primary goals of specialists called cardio-oncologists is to prevent heart damage in patients receiving chemotherapy. Before patients at Cleveland Clinic begin chemotherapy, they undergo screening studies such as an echocardiogram with strain imaging to … Read More

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18 Innovations: Echocardiography on the Space Station

There is no Cleveland Clinic in space. Yet. But today’s space travelers benefit from innovations led by Cleveland Clinic cardiologist James D. Thomas, MD. Back in 1997, Dr. Thomas received a grant from NASA to develop a digital echocardiology services for the International Space Station (ISS). He and his team developed the means to read … Read More

What is an echocardiogram?

Many heart patients are scheduled for an echocardiogram or “echo.” During an echo test, ultrasound (high-frequency sound waves) from a hand-held wand is placed on your chest, which provides pictures of the heart’s valves and chambers. Echo is often combined with Doppler ultrasound and color Doppler to evaluate blood flow across the heart’s valves. It … Read More

Death Risk for Diastolic Dysfunction

Diastolic dysfunction (DD) is dangerous.  That’s the conclusion of a new study co-authored by Wael Jaber, MD, of the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute.  DD has long been associated with pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary edema, and valve disease. This new study shows that individuals with DD have increased risk of death, even if their systolic … Read More

Tracking the Heart into the “Final Frontier”

NASA has partnered with James D. Thomas, MD, of the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, to study the effect of space travel on the human heart – in particular, the problem of orthostatic hypotension (a condition in which your blood pressure falls when you stand up quickly), of which lightheadedness is a symptom. “We … Read More

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