Certain cancer treatments can cause cardiotoxicity, a condition that can weaken heart muscle, raise blood pressure or cause your heart to beat out of sync (a problem known as arrhythmia). Heart specialists in our Cardio-Oncology Program assess your heart disease risk.
Two of our specialists are board certified in cardio-oncology through the International Cardio-Oncology Society, a distinction shared by only about 150 other doctors worldwide. Our gold-level IC-OS Center of Excellence is one of just 22 in the U.S. and 31 in the world.
We work with your oncologist to develop a personalized treatment plan that protects your heart during cancer treatments or later in life if problems develop.
Heart care for people with cancer at Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute
Comprehensive treatment options
As one of the largest heart institutes in Pennsylvania, we offer advanced treatments for conditions commonly linked to cardiotoxicity, such as heart failure and arrhythmias. Treatments include:
- Switching to a different chemotherapy drug
- Adding heart-protective medication
- Altering chest radiation exposure
- Managing heart rhythm disorders
- Treating heart failure
Early detection of problems
Our specialists use advanced heart imaging to detect early signs of cardiotoxicity.
Dedicated team of experts
Your Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute cardiologist partners with experts from Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute to develop a personalized plan that optimizes your cancer and heart treatments.