Inland Northwest Cardio-Oncology Clinic
In the Pulse Heart Institute Cardio-Oncology Clinic, a doctor trained in heart disease evaluates and treats cancer patients who have:
- Pre-existing heart disease or
- Who are at risk of heart disease before, during and after treatment for cancer or
- Who have developed heart disease due to the cardio toxic effects of chemotherapy.
According to the American Heart Association, people who have undergone cancer treatment, particularly elderly people, are increasingly at risk of long-term cardiac complications.
Cardiologists work together with a multidisciplinary team of doctors trained in cancer conditions to provide comprehensive, coordinated care for people with cancer who may need heart care.
Oncologists may refer people to cardiologists in the Cardio-Oncology Clinic if needed. Our goal in the Cardio-Oncology Clinic is to ensure patients can receive the most appropriate cancer therapy, while minimizing their risk of heart complications and treating any heart conditions. We evaluate and treat heart conditions before, during or after cancer therapy as needed.
Services offered by cardiologists include:
- Offering advice and guidance to people with a high risk of heart disease or existing heart disease before cancer therapy and evaluating how to prevent, monitor and treat heart conditions
- Discussing cancer treatment options with oncologists for people at high risk of heart disease or existing heart disease
- Providing treatment for heart conditions, including heart medications if needed
- Monitoring people with heart disease or at risk of heart disease before and during cancer therapy with regular imaging tests and blood tests to look for signs of heart complications
- Monitoring and treating heart complications that may develop during cancer therapy as a result of taking certain chemotherapy drugs or receiving radiation therapy to the chest area
- Screening for heart complications after cancer therapy, especially people who have taken certain chemotherapy drugs or have had radiation therapy to the chest area
- Treating heart conditions or complications that may develop after cancer therapy due to specific chemotherapy drugs or radiation therapy to the chest area
- Providing lifestyle coaching for people after cancer therapy, such as making lifestyle changes to help reduce the risk of heart disease and maintain health, including eating a heart-healthy diet and exercise
To refer a patient, schedule an appointment or talk with one of our Cardio-Oncology Clinic team members please contact us at 509-755-5500.