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Heart health for cancer patients and survivors

The region's first cardio-oncology program

Today’s cancer treatments help patients live longer, healthier lives—but certain cancer treatments may carry a higher risk of cardiovascular issues. MedStar Health’s expert cardio-oncologists, part of our MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, can evaluate, diagnose, and manage heart issues for cancer patients before, during, or after treatments.

Should you see a cardio-oncologist?

You may benefit from our program if you have any of the following risks.
  • Certain medications
    You have received certain chemotherapy medications or a “red drug” AND you:
    1. Have a history of heart problems at any time before or during treatment, such as heart attack, moderate to severe heart valve disease, or abnormal ejection fraction on your echocardiogram.
    2. Have cardiovascular risk factors that aren’t well-controlled like smoking, hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia or obesity.
  • Chemotherapy treatment
    You have received chemotherapy that is known to be toxic to the heart and have any symptoms that include chest pain, swelling in the legs or new shortness of breath with activities.
  • Radiation therapy
    You have a history of receiving radiation therapy to the chest, particularly before 2000, where higher doses of radiation therapy were commonly used.
  • History of heart complications

    You have had any heart problems during treatment such as a heart attack, valve disease or an abnormal heart ejection fraction.

Should you see a cardio-oncologist?

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“With cardiologists and oncologists working together as a team, we are improving the outlook for patients with cardiac risks.”

- Tolulope Agunbiade, MD
Baltimore Cardio-Oncology Program Director

Nationally recognized for excellence

MedStar Health’s cardio-oncology program at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, led by Ana Barac, MD, PhD, is improving the outlook for cancer patients with cardiac risks.

Why patients and families choose us

We’re proud to offer a cardio-oncology program that’s advancing diagnosis and treatment protocols across the country while remaining close to our patients.

  • National leader
    MedStar Health’s cardio-oncology program through MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute is a national leader in treatment and research. We’re committed to helping patients fight cancer while protecting their heart from treatment risks.
  • Conveniently close
    Our cardio-oncology program has locations in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., areas.

    Baltimore Region
    MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
    MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
    MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

    D.C. Region
    MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
    MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
    MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • Comprehensive care
    We’re here for patients before, during, and after cancer treatment to manage their cardiovascular risks. Our teams follow current guidelines and evidence-based practice to provide individualized care.

Conveniently close

Our cardio-oncology program has locations in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., areas.

Baltimore Region: MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

D.C. Region:
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

To request a consultation, call 866-938-0399or

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