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Cardio Oncology and Radiation Heart Disease
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Patrick Collier, MD, PhD

  • Co-Director of the Cardio-Oncology Center

Milind Desai, MD

  • Cardiologist

Current treatments for cancer have been one of the greatest achievements in modern medicine. However, many of the cancer therapies can have significant and serious cardiovascular side effects, such as heart failure, thromboembolism, severe hypertension and lethal arrhythmia if not managed properly. The risks and side effects can interrupt the cancer treatment, or may not even show up until years later. Therefore, minimizing cardiovascular risk factors, such as smoking and blood pressure, and watching out for early symptoms are even more essential for cancer survivors. It’s also important to work with a multi-disciplinary team of experts including oncologists and cardiologists who work together to help minimize the impact of chemo and radiation on your heart before, during, and after your treatments. Take this opportunity to learn more and have your questions answered by Co-Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Cardio-Oncology Center, Patrick Collier, MD, PhD, and cardiologist in the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Milind Desai, MD.

Cardiotoxocity can develop during cancer treatment - or - can occur within days or months or years after cancer treatment, once patients are cancer-free. Heart damage caused by chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity can reduce quality of life and increase the risk of death from cardiac-related causes. Cancer treatment can cause the heart to pump less efficiently, cause changes in blood flow and/or increase the risk for blood clots (thrombosis) that can cause heart attack. The most common heart conditions caused by these changes are congestive heart failure – the most serious cardiotoxicity related to cancer treatment – inflammation of the heart muscle (pericarditis) and coronary artery disease. Other heart problems that can be caused by cancer treatment include low blood pressure (hypotension), high blood pressure (hypertension), abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) and valve disease.

Patrick Collier, MD, PhD, is a staff physician in the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. He currently serves as a Co-director of the Cardio-Oncology Center and has an academic appointment as Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His specialty interests include valvular heart disease, endocarditis, pericardial disease, thoracic aortic disease and multi-modality cardiovascular imaging.

Milind Desai, MD, is a staff cardiologist in the Section of Cardiovascular Imaging in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is a Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He holds dual appointments in the departments of cardiovascular medicine and radiology.

Dr. Desai is an expert in multimodality cardiovascular imaging, having achieved the highest level of proficiency in all imaging modalities, including cardiac MRI, cardiac CT, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. He is the Director of Cardiovascular Imaging Research and serves on the Heart & Vascular Institute Research Council and Clinical Investigations Committee. His specialty interests include heart valve disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, aortic disorders, complex coronary artery disease, pericardial disease, pericarditis, radiation heart disease. Dr. Desai has special interest in multimodality cardiovascular imaging, including echocardiogram, computed tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

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