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Study Suggests Cardiac Imaging Raises Cancer Risk

HealthDay (2/7, Preidt) reported, “Heart attack patients who are exposed to low-dose radiation from cardiac imaging and other procedures may have an increased risk of cancer,” according to a study in Canadian Medical Association Journal. Researchers analyzed “data from 82,861 patients who survived a heart attack between April 1996 and March 2006.” Within one year of their heart attack, “77 percent of the patients underwent at least one cardiac procedure with low-dose ionizing radiation, such as CT angiography and nuclear scans.” Patients treated by a “cardiologist had higher levels of exposure to radiation.” During follow-up, there were “12,020 cancers detected among the patients, with two-thirds of the cancers affecting the abdomen/pelvis and chest areas.”

According to WebMD (2/7, Hendrick), the researchers said their findings “call into question whether our current enthusiasm for imaging and therapeutic procedures after acute myocardial infarction should be tempered.” They said physicians “should at least consider putting into place a system of prospectively documenting the imaging tests and procedures that each patient undergoes and estimating his or her cumulative exposure to low-dose ionizing radiation.”

My comments:

These cardiac procedures can be very beneficial when utilized in the proper setting. However, they are not without their adverse effects. Unfortunately, we have come to rely on the medical interventions too much as a result of our poor lifestyle. The absolute best option for a healthy heart is to avoid the need for these procedures completely by eating only minimally processed plant based foods, getting adequate rest, exercise, and sunshine. While this seems like a very simple approach, it is the most effective intervention that I know of.

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