Leading the way in protecting cancer patient’s hearts
Our cardio-oncology program is led by cardiologists trained to evaluate and treat people who have heart disease or may develop heart disease before, during, and after their course of treatment for cancer. Some cancer treatments, including radiation therapy and chemotherapy, can worsen or even cause heart problems.
Our cardio-oncology program is among the nation’s leaders. It was the first of its kind in the greater Baltimore/Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. We are dedicated to improving cardiovascular outcomes for cancer survivors.
Our cardio-oncology program aims to:
- Offer advice and direction for people with existing heart disease or at risk of developing heart disease before cancer therapy begins
- Monitor people before and during cancer therapy to identify any heart complications and any cardiac toxic side effects from cancer treatments earlier
- Prevent or reduce further heart damage — and, when possible, reverse it
- Screen for any heart complications after cancer therapy is completed
- Provide advice for lifestyle changes to help reduce the risk of heart disease and to maintain health
Eliminate heart disease as a barrier to effective cancer treatment
- Better understand cardiac issues in patients with cancer by participating in research studies
Our specialized cardiologists work side by side with oncologists to discuss patients’ heart function and develop a specialized treatment plan to prevent and minimize heart risks without interfering with cancer treatment.
We use advanced imaging to get a full view of patients’ heart function and give us critical real-time information to evaluate their risk of developing a heart condition while undergoing cancer treatment. These tests include:
- Cardiac biomarkers
- Echo strain imaging
Expert cardio-oncology care
Getting the care you need starts with seeing one of our cardio-oncologists.
Low-Fat Dietary Pattern and Cancer Mortality in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) Randomized Controlled Trial. Chlebowski RT, Anderson GL, Manson JE, Prentice RL, Aragaki AK, Snetselaar L, Beresford SAA, Kuller LH, Johnson K, Lane D, Luo J, Rohan TE, Jiao L, Barac A, Womack C, Coday M, Datta M, Thomson CA.
Assessing cardiac safety in oncology drug development. Seltzer JH, Gintant G, Amiri-Kordestani L, Singer J, Koplowitz LP, Moslehi JJ, Barac A, Yu AF.
Lessons From Primary Cardiac Prevention Trials During Trastuzumab Therapy: End of One Size Fits All. Barac A, Blaes A, Lynce F.
Preparing the Cardiovascular Workforce to Care for Oncology Patients: JACC Review Topic of the Week. Hayek SS, Ganatra S, Lenneman C, Scherrer-Crosbie M, Leja M, Lenihan DJ, Yang E, Ryan TD, Liu J, Carver J, Mousavi N, O’Quinn R, Arnold A, Banchs J, Barac A, Ky B.
Cardio-Oncology Rehabilitation to Manage Cardiovascular Outcomes in Cancer Patients and Survivors: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Gilchrist SC, Barac A, Ades PA, Alfano CM, Franklin BA, Jones LW, La Gerche A, Ligibel JA, Lopez G, Madan K, Oeffinger KC, Salamone J, Scott JM, Squires RW, Thomas RJ, Treat-Jacobson DJ, Wright JS; American Heart Association Exercise, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Secondary Prevention Committee of the Council on Clinical Cardiology; Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; and Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease.
Connections Between Clonal Hematopoiesis, Cardiovascular Disease, and Cancer: A Review. Calvillo-Argüelles O, Jaiswal S, Shlush LI, Moslehi JJ, Schimmer A, Barac A, Thavendiranathan P.
Quo Vadis Trastuzumab?: Navigating Cardiac Safety Risk Estimates With Complex Cancer Treatments. Barac A.
Cardio-Oncology: Vascular and Metabolic Perspectives: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Campia U, Moslehi JJ, Amiri-Kordestani L, Barac A, Beckman JA, Chism DD, Cohen P, Groarke JD, Herrmann J, Reilly CM, Weintraub NL.
Management of Cardiovascular Disease in Women With Breast Cancer. Barish R, Lynce F, Unger K, Barac A.
Aromatase inhibitor and tamoxifen use and the risk of venous thromboembolism in breast cancer survivors. Xu X, Chlebowski RT, Shi J, Barac A, Haque R.
Usefulness of Malignancy as a Predictor of Worse In-Hospital Outcomes in Patients With Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy. Zaghlol R, Kashyap K, Al-Shbool G, Basyal B, Desale S, Campia U, Barac A.
Ibrutinib-Associated Atrial Fibrillation. Ganatra S, Sharma A, Shah S, Chaudhry GM, Martin DT, Neilan TG, Mahmood SS, Barac A, Groarke JD, Hayek SS, Dani S, Venesy D, Patten R, Nohria A.
Frequency of Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy in Adult Patients Receiving Chemotherapy (from a 5-Year Nationwide Inpatient Study). Desai R, Abbas SA, Goyal H, Durairaj A, Fong HK, Hung O, Sachdeva R, Barac A, Yusuf SW, Kumar G.
Contemporary Role of Echocardiography for Clinical Decision Making in Patients During and After Cancer Therapy. Liu J, Banchs J, Mousavi N, Plana JC, Scherrer-Crosbie M, Thavendiranathan P, Barac A.
Association of APOL1 With Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction in Postmenopausal African American Women. Franceschini N, Kopp JB, Barac A, Martin LW, Li Y, Qian H, Reiner AP, Pollak M, Wallace RB, Rosamond WD, Winkler CA.
Autoimmune Myocarditis Caused by Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors Treated With Antithymocyte Globulin. Jain V, Mohebtash M, Rodrigo ME, Ruiz G, Atkins MB, Barac A.
Cardiovascular Disease and Breast Cancer: Where These Entities Intersect: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Mehta LS, Watson KE, Barac A, Beckie TM, Bittner V, Cruz-Flores S, Dent S, Kondapalli L, Ky B, Okwuosa T, Piña IL, Volgman AS; American Heart Association Cardiovascular Disease in Women and Special Populations Committee of the Council on Clinical Cardiology; Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; and Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research.
Left Ventricular Dysfunction in Cancer Treatment: Is it Relevant? Kenigsberg B, Wellstein A, Barac A.
Cardiometabolic risk factors and survival after breast cancer in the Women’s Health Initiative. Simon MS, Beebe-Dimmer JL, Hastert TA, Manson JE, Cespedes Feliciano EM, Neuhouser ML, Ho GYF, Freudenheim JL, Strickler H, Ruterbusch J, Barac A, Chlebowski R, Caan B.
Cardiovascular Complications Associated With Novel Cancer Immunotherapies. Jain V, Bahia J, Mohebtash M, Barac A.
Good News, Bad News, but Not Fake News. Plana JC, Barac A.
SAFE-HEaRt: Rationale and Design of a Pilot Study Investigating Cardiac Safety of HER2 Targeted Therapy in Patients with HER2-Positive Breast Cancer and Reduced Left Ventricular Function. Lynce F, Barac A, Tan MT, Asch FM, Smith KL, Dang C, Isaacs C, Swain SM.
Cardio-oncology Related to Heart Failure: Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Target-Based Therapy. Kenigsberg B, Jain V, Barac A.
Cardiovascular risk and communication among early stage breast cancer survivors. Christian AH, O’Malley D, Barac A, Miller SM, Hudson SV.
Risks of Serious Toxicities from Intermittent versus Continuous Androgen Deprivation Therapy for Advanced Prostate Cancer: A Population Based Study. Tsai HT, Pfeiffer RM, Philips GK, Barac A, Fu AZ, Penson DF, Zhou Y, Potosky AL.
Prevention and Monitoring of Cardiac Dysfunction in Survivors of Adult Cancers: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline. Armenian SH, Lacchetti C, Barac A, Carver J, Constine LS, Denduluri N, Dent S, Douglas PS, Durand JB, Ewer M, Fabian C, Hudson M, Jessup M, Jones LW, Ky B, Mayer EL, Moslehi J, Oeffinger K, Ray K, Ruddy K, Lenihan D.
Cardiac Protection in HER2-Targeted Treatment: How Should We Measure New Strategies? Barac A, Swain SM.
Cardiovascular Disease After Aromatase Inhibitor Use. Haque R, Shi J, Schottinger JE, Chung J, Avila C, Amundsen B, Xu X, Barac A, Chlebowski RT.
Cardiac function in BRCA1/2 mutation carriers with history of breast cancer treated with anthracyclines. Barac A, Lynce F, Smith KL, Mete M, Shara NM, Asch FM, Nardacci MP, Wray L, Herbolsheimer P, Nunes RA, Swain SM, Warren R, Peshkin BN, Isaacs C.
National Institutes of Health Career Development Awards for Cardiovascular Physician-Scientists: Recent Trends and Strategies for Success. Lindman BR, Tong CW, Carlson DE, Balke CW, Jackson EA, Madhur MS, Barac A, Abdalla M, Brittain EL, Desai N, Kates AM, Freeman AM, Mann DL.
Cardiovascular toxicity after antiangiogenic therapy in persons older than 65 years with advanced renal cell carcinoma. Jang S, Zheng C, Tsai HT, Fu AZ, Barac A, Atkins MB, Freedman AN, Minasian L, Potosky AL.
Improving prediction of cardiovascular complications of cancer therapy: what does the future hold? Barac A.
Cardiovascular Health of Patients With Cancer and Cancer Survivors: A Roadmap to the Next Level. Barac A, Murtagh G, Carver JR, Chen MH, Freeman AM, Herrmann J, Iliescu C, Ky B, Mayer EL, Okwuosa TM, Plana JC, Ryan TD, Rzeszut AK, Douglas PS.
COCATS 4 Task Force 15: Training in Cardiovascular Research and Scholarly Activity. Harrington RA, Barac A, Brush JE Jr, Hill JA, Krumholz HM, Lauer MS, Sivaram CA, Taubman MB, Williams JL.
Heart failure risk prediction in childhood cancer survivors: where is our crystal ball? Bluhm EC, Barac A.
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