"Heart disease appears more commonly in women treated for breast cancer because of the toxicities of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and use of aromatase inhibitors, which lower estrogen," co-author JoAnn Pinkerton said in a statement.
The team said heart-healthy lifestyle modifications will decrease both recurrent breast cancer risk as well as heart disease risk. They also urged women to schedule a cardiology consultation when breast cancer is diagnosed and to continue follow-ups after cancer treatments are completed.
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