On the heels of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I’d like to draw attention to another challenge that breast cancer survivors face. It might surprise you to learn that heart disease, not cancer recurrence, is the number one killer of breast cancer survivors. I was shocked to learn this! Awareness of this is growing and, as a result, a new field of medicine called cardio-oncology is emerging to help protect the hearts of cancer patients during and after treatment.
Why would this be the case? Why would a breast cancer survivor be at greater risk for heart disease than their peers? It’s the treatment involved in fighting cancer in such close proximity to the heart that increases the risk It does this in several ways:
What You May Not Know About Your Heart
Chemotherapy can cause damage to the heart muscle which can lead to heart failure.
Radiation can disrupt normal heart rhythm, damage both the lining of the heart and the heart valves, and can cause the development of early coronary artery disease.
This damage to the heart may happen during treatment but the damage may also appear up to 10 years later. Some patients experience symptoms including shortness of breath, chest pain, or a decreased ability to exercise. However, other patients have no symptoms and the heart damage goes unnoticed and, as a result, goes untreated. It’s extremely important for breast cancer survivors to monitor their heart health, whether they have symptoms or not, to rule out any damage done.
How Does This Pertain to Thermography?
So, what does all of this have to do with thermography? Thermography detects the earliest signs of heart stress. Thermal images are able to clearly shows areas of diminished energy and blood flow, indicating that the heart needs support. Armed with this knowledge, a person can take action. Working closely with their health care practitioner, they can make diet and lifestyle changes that support and heal the heart. It is an extremely safe, effective way to stay on top of your health!
I’d love to talk to you more about the benefits of thermography! If you have thoughts or questions, feel free to reach out!
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Oklahoma City Chiropractor, Melena Keeth, has been practicing chiropractic care since 2010. She helps patients from the greater metro OKC area, including Edmond, Yukon, Mustang, Warr Acres, Bethany, Midwest City, Del City and Norman. She is passionate about chiropractic care, injury rehabilitation, and the prevention of further injuries. Her goal is to relieve her patients of pain and to ensure they live a high quality of life.