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MedHelp to Host Online Chat on How Cancer Treatment Can Affect Heart Health

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 31, 2013

Cancer treatment saves lives, but many cancer therapies can have serious cardiovascular side effects, such as heart failure, thromboembolism, severe hypertension and arrhythmias, that patients may not be aware of. On August 1, two cardiologists and an oncologist from Cleveland Clinic’s Cardio-Oncology Center will answer questions live on MedHelp about how some cancer treatments can affect heart health in a free, live health chat called Cancer Therapy: Can It Hurt Your Heart?

“Cancer survival has improved over the years thanks to advances in the form of more effective chemotherapy and radiation treatments. However, some of these treatments are known to cause damage to patients’ hearts unless steps are taken to protect the heart during the cancer treatment,” said Juan Carlos Plana, co-director of Cleveland Clinic’s Cardio-Oncology Center. “We hope this online event will help patients understand who may be at risk and what sort of special medical care they may need.”

Since 1996, the Cleveland Clinic and MedHelp have teamed up to provide patients with outstanding and accurate health advice and care. Currently, Cleveland Clinic doctors answer questions on MedHelp’s Heart Disease Expert Forum, which is used by more than 2 million people annually.

“With the Cleveland Clinic and MedHelp working together in our ‘Ask the Expert’ Heart Disease Forum, we’ve given millions of people vital information about heart disease,” said John de Souza, MedHelp’s president and CEO. “Now we can bring that same level of awareness to the connection between cancer treatment and heart disease, and continue to give patients the information they need to best manage their health.”

Cancer Therapy: Can It Hurt Your Heart? Health Chat:


  •     G. Thomas Budd, MD, Oncologist/Co-Director, Cleveland Clinic Cardio-Oncology Center,
  •     Juan Carlos Plana, MD, Cardiologist/Co-Director, Cleveland Clinic Cardio-Oncology Center,
  •     Karen James, MD, Cardiologist, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic

When: Thursday Aug 01, 2013 - 12:00PM - 01:00PM (EDT)

Where: MedHelp

Registration is free and open to the public. Set up your MedHelp account and register today!

Topics discussed in the chat will include pre-cancer treatment testing and considerations, cancer treatment for patients with risk factors for heart disease or who are currently being treated for heart disease, and post-chemotherapy heart problems, among others.

Suggested tweet: Can #cancer therapy hurt your #heart? Ask @ClevelandClinic in a live #health chat 8/1/13 on @MedHelpPulse:


About MedHelp:
As the world’s largest online health community, 14 million unique users turn to MedHelp each month to achieve better health. With communities providing support for more than 300 conditions, forums that connect users to doctors across the country, and partnerships with leading medical institutions including 7 of the 10 top U.S. hospitals, MedHelp provides unparalleled access to information and advice tailored to consumers’ personal health needs. MedHelp's suite of 50 online health tools, award-winning mobile apps, and seamless integration with numerous health devices create a robust destination for consumers to engage with and track their health. By closely connecting experts, support communities, and health tools, MedHelp empowers millions of people to be their healthiest each and every day. For more information, visit

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