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Cardiology Research and Practice
Volume 2011, Article ID 317659, 9 pages
Review Article

Radiation-Induced Heart Disease: A Clinical Update

Department of Cardiology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Unit 1451, Houston, TX 77030, USA

Received 14 October 2010; Accepted 15 December 2010

Academic Editor: Jean-Bernard Durand

Copyright © 2011 Syed Wamique Yusuf et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Cardiovascular diseases and cancer are the two leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Improvement in cancer therapy has led to increasing number of cancer survivors, some of whom may suffer from adverse cardiovascular effects of radiation therapy. Longterm followup is essential, as the cardiac complication may manifest years after completion of radiation therapy. In this paper, we have discussed the cardiovascular effects of radiation therapy.