Childhood Cancer Survivors at Risk for Heart Disease and StrokeRyan Hamner
You don’t have to tell me that childhood cancer survivors are more at risk for heart disease and stroke as adults. Personally, I’ve learned this lesson already. And so have a couple of my friends who are childhood cancer survivors.
Between valvular disease, stenosis, stents and valve replacements, we can vouch for this study.
The study, led by Eric Chow, MD from Seattle Children’s Hospital, looked at the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS). Of 13,060 children who were observed to the age of 50, there were 265 cases of heart disease in the childhood survivors. Also 295 of the survivors experienced a stroke.
Personally, my previous cancer treatments, and the desire to be as healthy as possible, are the reasons that I exercise regularly. And it doesn’t hurt that exercise can make you look better and feel awesome. Many of my physicians seem to agree that my exercising has slowed if not worked against many of the negative impacts of toxic cancer treatment.
My suggestion, if your doctor says you are healthy enough, start exercising.