Black Breast Cancer Survivors Face Higher Heart Failure Risk: Study
From Breast Cancer Blog Posts - Drugs.com March 7, 2013 - 10:28am
THURSDAY, March 7 -- Black breast cancer survivors seem more likely to develop heart failure than other women, a new study says.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 26,000 U.S. women who were diagnosed with breast cancer between 1973 and 2007 and survived. More than three-quarters were 65 or older.
Of these women, 16 percent later developed heart failure. The rate of heart failure was 21 percent among black women, 16 percent among whites, 13 percent among Hispanics, 12 percent among Asians and 11 percent among others, including Native Americans.
Heart failure occurs when the heart can no longer pump enough blood to the rest of the body. About half of people with heart failure die within five years after diagnosis, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and...