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Current Cardiology Reviews


ISSN (Print): 1573-403X
ISSN (Online): 1875-6557

Lifestyle Interventions for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in Women with Breast Cancer

Author(s): M. Tish Knobf and Jessica Coviello

Volume 7, Issue 4, 2011

Page: [250 - 257] Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/157340311799960627

Price: $65


Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to identify risk factors for cardiovascular disease in women with breast cancer and review healthy lifestyle behaviors as essential risk reduction strategies.

Findings: Women with breast cancer account for 22% of the 12 million cancer survivors. Women diagnosed with breast cancer often present with modifiable and non-modifiable cardiovascular risk factors and/or pre-existing co-morbid illness. Any one or a combination of these factors may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. There is strong evidence that healthy eating and routine physical activity can reduce cardiovascular disease. Exercise improves cardiovascular fitness, body composition and quality of life in breast cancer survivors and observational studies suggest a survival benefit.

Clinical Implications: Lifestyle interventions including a healthy diet, regular physical activity, weight management and smoking cessation should be integrated into a survivorship care plan to reduce cardiovascular disease risk and promote better health for women with breast cancer.

Keywords: Breast cancer survivor, cardiovascular risk, lifestyle behaviors, health promotion.

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