Day 8: Guard your heart
“Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23
Inasmuch as it depends on us, survivors, we must guard our hearts. What does that look like?
- Know your family’s health history (early MI, sudden cardiac death, heart failure, stroke, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and/or lipids)
- Know your cancer treatment-related risks (Doxorubicin, Daunomycin, Epirubicin, Idarubicin, Mitoxantron, Valrubicin and/or chest radiation)
- Know you heart health numbers
- Know and comply with recommendations specific to your treatment-related risk factors
Your Survivorship Care Plan will list the chemotherapy you received to cure your cancer. If any one of the anthracyclines is listed and/or you received radiation to your chest, then there are specific recommendations to help you guard your heart.
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The Children’s Oncology Group also provides information to help you and your PCP assess you risk for treatment-related cardiotoxicity and maximize your heart health:
Finally, here is the latest from Juan Carlos Plana, MD, Cardio-Oncology @ the Cleveland Clinic Foundation:
Survivors, let get busy guarding our hearts, the wellspring of life.