Cancer patients at higher risk of dying from heart disease and stroke, study shows

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(Mallika Mitra/ CNBC) — Cancer patients have a higher risk of dying from heart disease and stroke, with 10% of all cancer patients dying from cardiovascular problems, not cancer, according to a new study published in the European Heart Journal.

For some cancers, including breast, prostate, endometrial and thyroid cancer, the risk is even higher. Roughly half of those patients die from cardiovascular disease, according to a team of researchers led by the Penn State College of Medicine.

The researchers looked at the U.S. general population compared with 3.2 million U.S. patients who had been diagnosed with cancer between 1973 and 2012. Among the cancer patients, 38% died from cancer and 11% died from cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, cerebrovascular disease, blocked arteries and damage to the aorta.

Of those who died from cardiovascular diseases, 76% were due to heart disease. The researchers looked at 28 different types of cancer and took into account factors that could affect the results, such as age, race and sex. (…)

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