At Baptist Health, we have a team of cardiologists who are specially trained to care for patients who have cancer and heart disease, or whose cancer treatment may increase their risk for cardiovascular conditions.

With our extensive training and advanced technology ― along with our close relationship with Baptist Health cancer specialists ― we ensure that you can safely complete your cancer treatment, while taking care of your heart problems along the way.

Our Approach to Cardio-Oncology Care

Our Approach to Cardio-Oncology Care

If you or a loved one comes to Baptist Health Heart & Vascular Care for cardio-oncology services, you can expect:

  • A team of cardiologists specially trained to identify risks and treat cardiac problems in cancer patients.
  • Seamless collaboration between our cardiologists and your cancer care team at Miami Cancer Institute.
  • Compassionate care from a team whose goal is for you to successfully complete cancer treatment and live a full and healthy life.

Who Benefits from Cardio-Oncology Care?

Our team cares for people with cancer who have a history of cardiovascular disease or risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease.

Additionally, some cancer treatments ― especially those for breast cancer ― are cardiotoxic. This means they can worsen existing heart problems or cause heart problems in people not already diagnosed with heart disease.

Our team works closely with Baptist Health oncologists to identify when someone needs a referral to our specialists for preventive heart care or treatment.

What is the Process for a New Cardio-Oncology Patient?

If your oncologist believes your cancer treatment will put you at risk for developing cardiovascular side effects, they will refer you to our cardio-oncology program for heart imaging. This allows us to see the current health of your heart and better understand your risk factors for heart disease.

If you are at high-risk for heart disease due to other conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, our team will make sure these conditions are treated and under control while you receive cancer care.

If our tests show you are at risk for developing heart problems, we will work with you throughout your treatment. Our team will take images of your heart regularly to check for any side effects and adjust medicines as needed.

How Do You Diagnose Cancer-Related Cardiac Conditions?

Our team assesses your heart health using advanced echocardiograms. These imaging tests measure how your heart muscle contracts. We also use echocardiograms to create 3D models of your heart to see how well your heart pumps blood.

Which Cardio-Oncology Treatments Are Available at Baptist Health?

How we treat your heart problem depends on your diagnosis and overall health. In some cases, we may need to adjust or add heart medicines that help prevent your condition from getting worse. In more serious situations, we may do advanced testing to evaluate the arteries of your heart to make sure that blood is flowing freely.

If we determine that you have developed a heart problem because of cancer treatment, we work closely with your oncologist to adjust your treatment plan. This may involve changing or stopping chemotherapy treatment until we can treat your heart condition.

Cardio-Oncology Research

We’re dedicated to continuously providing the best care and treatments possible. That’s why we have a robust research program to offer cutting-edge technology and treatments. Learn more about our current clinical trials and how you can participate.

Meet Our Cardio-Oncology Team

Our team ― which includes cardiologists and physicians with advanced training in echocardiography ― specializes in identifying and treating heart problems in people with cancer.

Our Locations

For your convenience, our cardio-oncology team sees patients at multiple locations across Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

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