Heart Health

Heart Health & Cancer

As if heart health isn’t challenging enough, for patients undergoing cancer treatment there are several serious side effects to be aware of.

Dr. Nitza Alvarez, cardiologist at Tri-County Heart Institute, explains that if you have chest pain or trouble breathing during breast cancer treatment, it's important to talk to your doctor right away to figure out exactly what's happening.

WEB EXTRA:  Breastcancer.org suggests some tips to stay heart-healthy during cancer treatment:

A-Fib Awareness

Atrial fibrillation, also called a-fib, is an irregular heart rhythm and is a major cause of strokes. Having a-fib increases your stroke risk by 500 percent. In addition, a-fib can lead to heart failure, dementia, and even Alzheimer's disease.

This month, in honor of Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month we spoke with Tri-County Heart Institute’s cardiologist, Dr. Nitza Alvarez, to find out how doctors detect a-fib in their patients.