GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of mortality in women, yet many people perceive breast cancer to be the number one threat to women's health. VD and cancer have several overlapping risk factors, such as obesity and smoking.
Spectrum Health is the leading provider of cardiac and cancer care in West Michigan. Cancer treatment, including certain types of chemotherapy drugs and radiation to the chest, can have lasting side effects on the heart. It is very important that cancer survivors are aware of this connection and work with their providers to limit their heart disease risk.
Current cancer treatments can have a negative impact on cardiovascular health. Improvements in early detection and treatment of cancer have led to an increasing number of cancer survivors who are at risk of long-term cardiac complications from cancer treatments.
A special Heart Month event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids which will feature a panel discussion by cardiologists Wissam Abdallah, MD, and Laura Franey, MD, as well as oncologists Amy VanderWoude, MD, and Stephanie Williams, MD.
Registration is free and open to the public.
For more information call 1.855.7MYHEART or click here.