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Background: The heart and great vessels were once thought to be relatively resistant to the damaging effect of radiation therapy. There is now clear evidence that thoracic irradiation may cause acute inflammation and progressive fibrosis of different structures, including the heart valves, the myocardium and the pericardium, the coronary arteries and the conduction system. As new therapies have improved survival, many patients with cancer mostly Hodgkin’s disease and breast cancer are now at risk of cardiovascular CV complications following radiation therapy. Objectives: To raise awareness of CV complications following chest irradiation. Method: We present 5 patients that we treated during a short period of time between June 2013 6-2013 and February 2015 2-2016, who suffered CV involvement that needed therapy, following chest irradiation. Conclusions: Patients after chest irradiation should be followed periodically, in order to diagnose and treat CV complications, in time.


Chest Irradiation, Cardiovascular Involvement

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Yahalom, M. , Rozner, E. , Nahir, M. , Bloch, L. and Turgeman, Y. 2016 Chest Irradiation Associated Cardio-Vascular Disease. World Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases, 6, 179-187. doi: 10.4236-wjcd.2016.66019.

Autor: Malka Yahalom1, Ehud Rozner1, Menachem Nahir1, Lev Bloch1, Yoav Turgeman1,2*



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