Cardio-oncology is a specialized area of medicine that has a dual focus on heart disease and cancer. Cleveland Clinic Florida offers the only cardio-oncology center in South Florida recognized by the International Cardio-Oncology Society.
Our cardio-oncology team specializes in preventing and treating heart complications from cancer treatment. If you’re undergoing cancer treatment or will in the future, we optimize your cardiovascular care before, during and after your treatment. Cardio-oncology care allows you to complete your cancer treatment while protecting your heart at the same time. We also provide complete cardiology care for cancer survivors.
Cardio-Oncology at Cleveland Clinic Florida: Why Choose Us?
Our program is a collaboration between skilled cardiologists and oncologists who manage cardiovascular health before, during and after cancer treatment. This advanced, comprehensive program provides:
- Internationally recognized program: The International Cardio-Oncology Society (IC-OS) has designated the Cleveland Clinic Florida Cardio-Oncology Program a Center of Excellence, GOLD status. This designation is the highest possible for cardio-oncology programs. We were one of the first 15 programs in the world to receive this designation, and we collaborate with cardio-oncology centers across the globe.
- Complete team: Our cardiologists and oncologists have specialized training in cardio-oncology. They also work with other Cleveland Clinic specialists when needed, such as radiologists, radiation therapists, and our full range of heart and vascular subspecialists. Meet our cardio-oncology team.
- Specialized screening: We perform advanced tests like quantitative strain imaging and 3D echocardiography for patients undergoing certain cancer therapies or who had previous cancer treatment. These highly detailed tests can spot even subtle changes to heart function before a standard echocardiogram can. Our cardiologists and oncologists work together to continue your cancer treatment while preventing possible heart complications.
- Leading research: Our team is actively involved in national research and clinical trials. This research means our team has deep knowledge of the latest breakthroughs in cancer and cardiology care.
Who Needs Cardio-Oncology Care
Our experienced doctors are equipped to treat the range of cancer types and heart-related complications. We provide care for patients who:
- Develop heart disease during cancer treatment. We treat chemo-induced cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias and vascular disease, as well as cardiovascular side effects from immunotherapy and radiation therapy.
- Experience cardiac problems after surviving cancer, including childhood cancer survivors.
- Have heart cancer.
- Will begin cancer treatment in the future and have risk factors for cardiovascular disease or existing heart disease.
Treatments We Provide
Our expert team provides complete care for patients affected by cancer and cardiovascular problems. Your treatment may include:
- Combining and optimizing treatment for heart conditions, including heart medications, during cancer treatment.
- Customized care plans for people with a high risk of heart disease or existing heart disease before cancer therapy.
- Monitoring people with heart disease or at risk of heart disease during cancer therapy with regular imaging tests and blood tests.
- Screening for heart complications after cancer therapy.
- Treating heart conditions or complications that may develop after cancer therapy, such as chemo-induced heart damage or heart problems due to chest radiation.
Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Cardio-Oncology Section 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.
Diego Sadler, MD FACC FACP
Section Head Cardio Oncology
Chair Cardio Oncology Committee Florida Chapter American College of Cardiology
Co-Chair of Cardio-Oncology Advocacy Work Group American College of Cardiology
Cardio Oncology Leadership Council American College of Cardiology
Education Committee International Cardio Oncology Society
Assistant Professor of Medicine Lerner College of Medicine Cleveland Clinic Florida
Vikranth Gongidi, DO