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Heart disease & cancer

Improving cardiovascular health of cancer treatment patients

Cancer survival rates have increased in recent years, due primarily to new and improved chemotherapy and radiation treatments. While these treatments save lives, they can also damage your heart, especially if you already have heart disease or are among those at high risk. Cardiac complications from cancer treatment can include:

  • Heart failure
  • Ischemic (small-vessel) disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat

To better understand, prevent and treat the effects of cancer therapy on the cardiovascular system, the cardiologists at the Novant Health UVA Health System partnered with the oncologists at the Novant Health UVA Health System Cancer Center to develop a unique cross-specialty program called cardio-oncology at some of our locations.

Combining the training and experience of each specialty, our cardio-oncology program focuses on:

  • Caring for patients with heart disease currently being treated for cancer
  • Caring for patients whose cancer treatment is causing heart problems
  • Protecting the heart health of cancer patients and survivors
  • Creating cancer treatment plans that reduce the risk of heart problems
  • Researching new cancer treatments that are less harmful to the heart

To learn more about our heart disease and cancer services or to schedule an appointment with one of our cardiovascular experts, contact the Novant Health UVA Health System location nearest you.