STUDY: Breast Cancer Chemo May Lead to Heart Failure

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A local cardiologist says there are some serious heart risks that come with chemotherapy.

A new study suggests more than 10 percent of older breast cancer patients treated with certain chemo drugs develop heart failure or weak heart musclesbut many don’t get proper treatment for their heart condition.

“The thing that we need to be very careful about now is to make sure that we check people’s hearts before their cancer treatment, we monitor them during their cancer treatment and we monitor them after their cancer treatment,” says SLU Hospital cardiology chief Dr. Michael Lim.

Lim says this awareness has now led to a new type of doctor, a cardio-oncologist, trained to keep an eye out for any type of heart problems that may arise during cancer treatment.

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