Treating heart abnormalities at the MUHC with radiation therapy

(Cindy Sherwin/ CTV News) — Radiation oncologists and cardiologists rarely collaborate, but the two medical specialties have come together at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), to mend broken hearts.

The MUHC says patients with severe arrhythmias, including ventricular tachycardia, will benefit from a radiotherapy treatment that targets the abnormal parts of the heart that cause arrhythmias.

The treatment takes about 30 minutes.

“We normally locate tumours and treat them by directing the beams onto them,” says radiation oncologist Dr. Tarek Hijal. (…)

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