Cardio-Oncology is a growing new subspecialty promoted jointly by the American College of Cardiology and American Society of Clinical Oncology.
As one of the only programs of its kind in southeastern Florida, Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Cardio-Oncology Program represents a dynamic interaction between cardiologists and oncologists.
Due to treatment advances, the number of cancer survivors in the United States has grown. Unfortunately, many cancer patients have heart disease or they develop cardiovascular risk factors as result of cancer treatment. In some cases the cancer treatments that extend patients’ lives can harm their hearts in the process.
By combining the most sophisticated cardiac imaging capabilities with clinical expertise about the cardiac effects of chemotherapy and radiation, specialists in the Cardio-Oncology Program at Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Heart & Vascular Center are allowing patients to optimize their cancer treatment while minimizing or avoiding heart damage.
To make an appointment with a physician who specializes in cardio-oncology, please call 877.463.2010
The Cardio-Oncology Program at Cleveland Clinic Florida provides the highest quality of care to patients in varying stages of cancer treatment who have or are at risk of heart disease. Our capabilities include evolution and personalized treatment of patients who:
- Have existing cardiovascular disease before their cancer diagnosis (including coronary artery disease, heart failure, arrhythmias and valvular heart disease)
- Will begin cancer treatment and have cardiovascular risk factors
- Develop heart disease during cancer treatment as a result of chemotherapy or radiation
- Experience cardiac problems after surviving cancer, including childhood cancer survivors
- Have developed advanced heart failure resulting from previous cancer treatment
- Have a cardiac tumor
Our Advanced Capabilities
In addition to our clinical expertise, our advanced diagnostic and treatment capabilities sets Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Cardio-Oncology Program apart as a center of world-class cardiac care for cancer patients. We use a full range of imaging modalities and diagnostic studies to detect and treat heart and blood vessel damage (cardiotoxicity) and arrhythmias early.
Our team has specific protocols for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiotoxicity and heart arrhythmias and expertise in managing specific cardiac effects of various chemotherapy agents. We offer our patients the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options including:
- Quantitative strain imaging and 3D echocardiography
- High-quality 2-Tesla and 3-Tesla MRI (MRI) and electrocardiography
- Early pharmacological treatment for cardiotoxicity
- Surgical interventions for valve and pericardial disease resulting from radiation therapy
- Surgical interventions for CAD due to radiation therapy
- Specialized medical therapy for end-stage heart failure
- Artificial heart pumps and assist devices
- Heart transplantation
- Long-term follow-up care for cancer survivors
Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Cardio-Oncology program includes a team of experts in clinical cardiology, cardiac imaging, electrophysiology, heart failure, interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery. The team works closely with Cleveland Clinic Florida cancer specialists and referring oncologists in the community to coordinate cardiac care for patients undergoing cancer treatment.