Cardiac nuclear medicine imaging evaluates the heart for
Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery disease (CAD) usually occurs when cholesterol and plaque accumulate inside the coronary arteries (blood vessels supplying oxygen-rich blood to heart muscles), and block the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscles. The plaque can sometimes break off and form a blood clot that can completely block the vessels, leading to permanent heart damage.
Chemotherapy or Radiotherapy
Chemotherapy is a treatment that involves the use of medication to destroy cancer cells. This procedure may be given prior to surgery (neo-adjuvant chemotherapy) to reduce the size of large tumors so that a less extensive surgery can be performed to completely remove the tumor, or after surgery (adjuvant chemotherapy) to kill any stray cancer cells that may remain even after surgery, preventing the tumor from recurring.
The diagnosis and management of cardiovascular complications have become a clinical concern for oncologists, cardiologists, surgeons, interventional radiologists, radiation therapy physicians, internists, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, and all the stakeholders involved in the care of cancer patients. Anticancer therapies have extended the lives of patients with cancer, but for some this benefit is attenuated by adverse cardiovascular effects.
Congestive Heart Failure Clinic