Radiation Treatment Could Be Harming Heart Health

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By Molly Clifton

A new study finds radiation used to treat breast cancer can increase a woman’s risk of some heart disease.

Researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 2,000 patients in Sweden and Denmark from 1958 to 2001.

They found women’s risk of a coronary event increased within the first five years following treatment.

Radiation has changed over the years, exposing the heart to lower doses.

Studies have shown the treatment reduces the risk of cancer recurrence and death.

 

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