Research suggests cancer survivors have an increased risk of dying from heart disease

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Woman holding chest. (Photo: Getty Images)
Woman holding chest. (Photo: Getty Images)

A recent study suggests that people who have survived cancer have an increased risk of dying from heart disease.

The research published in the European Heart Journal claims that more than 10% of survivors don’t die from cancer, but rather heart and blood vessel problems, EurekAlert! reports.

Combining more than 40 years of data, it’s the largest and most comprehensive study to look at deaths from cardiovascular disease in patients with 28 different cancers.

The study compares the US population with more than 3,2 million cancer survivors.

It indicates that people who have had cancer are up to six times more likely to die from heart-related problems than the general population.

According to the Daily Mail, people diagnosed with cancer before the age of 55 and survived, have a 10 times-higher risk of dying from heart-related issues.

The findings of the study also indicate that cancer survivors dying from heart-related problems were highly prevalent in people who have survived cancers of the bladder, larynx, prostate, womb, colon and breast, The Telegraph reports.

People who have had cancer have a higher risk of death from heart-related issues, but the risk is significantly higher the younger a person is when they’re diagnosed.

This may possibly be due to the drugs used in chemotherapy, which can damage the heart.

In more than three-quarters of the cases, the people in the study died from heart disease, stroke or aortic aneurysm.

Rare cases in the study also pointed to high blood pressure and hardened arteries as the cause of death.

Dr Kathleen Sturgeon, professor and co-leader of the study, says that she hopes the findings will increase awareness and highlight the need for earlier, more aggressive and better cardiovascular care, according to EurekAlert!.

Sources: Daily Mail, EurekAlert!, The Telegraph

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