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Chemotherapy and the heart

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Priv. Doz. Dr. Schila Sabeti-Sandor

Specialist in Internal Medicine and Angiology

Before starting an oncological therapy, not only a timely internal checkup should be performed but also a so-called “Base Risk Assessment”. This examination is an important step in the every day practice to prevent possible cardiac complications, i.e. those that affect the heart.

The base evaluation includes a discussion with the patient about his or her own medical history as well as the one of his or her family. Cardiovascular risk factors (those affecting the heart and blood vessels) are also assessed.

Clinical examination should include blood pressure measurement, ECG, and cardiac ultrasound (echocardiography).

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