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Journal of Oncology
Volume 2015, Article ID 820403, 7 pages
Research Article

The Prevalence of Cardiac Risk Factors in Men with Localized Prostate Cancer Undergoing Androgen Deprivation Therapy in British Columbia, Canada

1Division of Cardiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 1M9
2Division of Cardiology, Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, BC, Canada V8R 1J8
3Department of Radiation Oncology, British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 4E6

Received 5 September 2014; Revised 8 December 2014; Accepted 9 December 2014

Academic Editor: Daniel Lenihan

Copyright © 2015 Margot K. Davis 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.


Background. While androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) reduces the risk of prostate cancer-specific mortality in high-risk localized prostate cancer, it adversely affects cardiovascular (CV) risk factor profiles in treated men. Methods. We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 100 consecutive men with intermediate- or high-risk localized prostate cancer referred to the British Columbia Cancer Agency for ADT. Data on CV risk factors and disease were collected and Framingham risk scores were calculated. Results. The median age of the study cohort was 73 years. Established cardiovascular disease was present in 25% of patients. Among patients without established CV disease, calculated Framingham risk was high in 65%, intermediate in 33%, and low in 1%. Baseline hypertension was present in 58% of patients, dyslipidemia in 51%, and diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance in 24%. Hypertension was more prevalent in the study cohort than in an age- and sex-matched population sample (OR 1.74, ); diabetes had a similar prevalence (OR 0.93, ). Conclusions. Patients receiving ADT have a high prevalence of cardiovascular disease and risk factors and are more likely to be hypertensive than population controls. Low rates of CV risk screening suggest opportunities for improved primary and secondary prevention of CV disease in this population.