Cardio-Oncology

Cancer treatments can cause heart problems, such as arrhythmias and heart failure. At Lehigh Valley Heart Institute our cardiologists work with your oncologist to minimize and prevent heart problems. Our Cardio-Oncology Program helps your heart stay strong during and after your journey with cancer.

Certain cancer treatments can cause cardiotoxicity. This condition can weaken heart muscle, raise blood pressure or cause your heart to beat out of synch (a problem known as arrhythmia). 

Heart specialists in our Cardio-Oncology Program assess your heart disease risk. 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 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 Institute cardiologist partners with experts from Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute to develop a personalized plan that optimizes your cancer and heart treatments. 
 

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