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A recent study reveals that postmenopausal women who have survived breast cancer face a higher risk of developing heart disease.
The study showed that breast cancer survivors are more likely to develop metabolic syndrome, diabetes, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), high levels of triglycerides in the blood, and belly fat, all of which can lead to heart disease.
These heart problems can appear more than five years after getting radiation treatment and can last for up to thirty years. The risk of dying from heart disease matches the risk of dying from breast cancer.
The researchers think breast cancer treatments like chemotherapy, radiation, and medicines that lower estrogen levels may increase the chances of heart disease. They suggest that women with breast cancer should regularly get cardiac check-ups after cancer treatment.
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