Heart at­tack may be early sign of can­cer: Re­searchers

The East African - - OUTLOOK -

A heart at­tack or stroke may be an early sign of can­cer.

Re­searchers stud­ied records of 374,331 medi­care ben­e­fi­cia­ries, mean age 76, who were given can­cer di­ag­noses from 2005 to 2013. They matched them with an equal num­ber of con­trols with­out can­cer. In the first seven months, there was no dif­fer­ence be­tween the two groups. But from then on, the risk of a car­dio­vas­cu­lar event rose in pa­tients who would later be di­ag­nosed with can­cer. It may be that can­cer dis­rupts the body's blood sys­tem well be­fore the dis­ease is de­tectable, caus­ing clots that lead to car­dio­vas­cu­lar events. The study was pub­lished in the jour­nal Blood.

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