Cardio-Oncology Diagnosis, Advanced Imaging, and Treatment
Before a patient receives surgical or medical treatment for cancer, our team performs a thorough evaluation to determine the patient’s risk for developing cardiovascular disease and to create a plan to minimize potential complications.
When a patient has a preexisting cardiac condition, we create a plan to treat the condition before the cancer treatment begins. Our aim is to prevent complications and improve the patient’s heart health so the cancer therapy will be as effective as possible.
To assess heart health before treatment we might perform blood tests to check factors such as cholesterol levels, thyroid hormone levels, inflammatory markers, or cardiac enzyme levels, as well as dedicated cardiovascular imaging protocols.
To monitor patients during treatment, we use dedicated imaging protocols for early detection of cardiac problems.
Our Echocardiography (Echo) Lab is located within Simmons Cancer Center, offering patients the flexibility and convenience of comprehensive care under one roof. An echocardiogram uses high-frequency sound waves to create pictures of the heart.
Additional imaging might include: