Cardiac rehab recommended for cancer patients

Radiation and chemotherapy put cancer patients at increased risk of heart disease, says American Heart Association
Reuters Health

Oncologists and cardiologists should consider providing cardio-oncology rehabilitation as patients move through their cancer treatment, the American Heart Association (AHA) urges in a new scientific statement.

As cancer survival rates have improved, patients now face a two- to three-fold increased risk for heart disease and two- to 18-fold more risk of hypertension and diabetes compared to their peers who have not had cancer, according to the statement published in Circulation.