Cardiac Imaging May Increase Cancer Risks

A study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has recently linked cardiac imaging and other procedures following heart attack to increased cancer risks, reports say.

After-surgery and post-heart attack procedures like angiography and nuclear scans are often used, which studies now say can increase the risk of cancer, reports say.

The study reviewed data on 82,861 heart attack patients in a nearly ten-year period and found that 77 percent experienced had at least one cardiac procedure within one year of a heart attack with the procedure using low-dose ionizing radiation.

And although most patients were exposed to low or moderate levels of radiation, many were exposed to high levels and experienced increased levels of radiation exposure. Some 12,020 incident cancers were detected during follow-up. Furthermore, most involved cancers affecting the abdomen/pelvis and chest areas, reports say.

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