Heart health after cancer treatment

If you develop any symptoms of heart problems during or after cancer treatment, tell your doctor straight away. They will assess you and arrange any tests or treatment you need.

Some people will have regular follow-up appointments to check their heart health after cancer treatment. This is useful for people who:

  • developed a new heart problem during cancer treatment
  • developed heart changes during cancer treatment
  • had a cancer treatment that may cause heart problems many years later
  • have other risk factors for heart problems.

Follow-up appointments may be with a GP or a cardiologist (heart doctor). You may have regular blood pressure or cholesterol blood tests. Some people will have scans to check how the heart is working. Ask your cancer doctor or GP for more advice about your situation.

If your cancer treatment is unlikely to cause heart problems, you may not need follow-up appointments. But if you have other risk factors for heart problems, you can talk to your GP or nurse. They can give you information about your risk of future heart problems and how to reduce your risk.

Pregnancy after cancer treatment

Pregnancy and giving birth can put pressure on your heart. Women who are thinking about having a baby after cancer treatment should ask their doctor for advice.

Your doctor may arrange for you to see a cardiologist. They can give you specialist advice before or during your pregnancy. You may also have extra tests to check your heart health while you are pregnant.

I always felt I was getting the best care. You become very close to your medical team – I still go back to see the same people for check-ups.

Kyle

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Tests to check heart health

There are several tests your doctors can use to check your heart function before, during and after treatment.