Endometrial cancer and future cardiovascular problems

Women who have survived endometrial cancer are more likely to have cardiovascular problems several years after their treatment, according to a new study.

Researchers analyzed records of 2,648 women who survived endometrial cancer, collected between 1997 and 2012, discovering the increased risk for cardiovascular disease. The results were published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

The researchers said their research was the first to compare survivors of endometrial cancer with the general population for the risk of hypertension These women have a higher risk of negative cardiovascular outcomes compared to women in the general population, researchers noted

Approximately 25.7% of women who survived cancer were diagnosed with heart disease within 5-10 years of diagnosis of cancer. Survived endometrial cancer had a much higher risk of cardiovascular disease (47% more likely to be between 1-5 years after cancer diagnosis and 33% more likely 5-10 years after diagnosis).

Up to 5 years later, researchers have seen an increased risk of arteriosclerosis, hypotension, phlebitis, thromboembolism and other circulatory disorders. They also found a greater risk for those who underwent radiotherapy or chemotherapy versus surgery, with age and obesity having an impact on the risk of cardiovascular disease.