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Radiation heart disease
An_248144 posted:
Has anyone been treated for this
Has anyone had valve surgery due to this and how are they after surgery
cardiostarusa1 responded:

"Radiation heart disease"

For clarification, we assume you are referring to radiation-induced (be it from radiotherapy or excessive exposure to chest x-rays or CT scans) heart disease/valvular heart disease.


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James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
Some people who are treated with chest radiation (for example, Hodgkin's Lymphoma) experience some changes in their coronary arteries or their heart valves that may take years to develop. In these situations, surgery can sometimes be appropriate. Given the possibility of radiation-related healing problems after surgery, it's important to work closely with an experienced surgeon. Take care.
jh5321 replied to James Beckerman, MD, FACC's response:
Do you know of radiation healing problems? Your response was extremley unresponsive, basically if I understand what you said , it was ask your surgeon

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