Cardio-Oncology: Intersection of Cancer and the Heart

Shared Risk factors April13th 2018Dr. Farouk Mookadam, MD, Cardiologist, Mayo Clinic Arizona, presented on the topic “Cardio-Oncology: Intersection of Cancer and the Heart” at the April monthly member meeting.  Click here to watch the Facebook livestream of his presentation. 

Download Dr. Mookadam’s presentation: Shared Risk factors April13th 2018

Hypertension, diabetes, overweight, tobacco use, high cholesterol a poor diet are known risk factors for heart disease. Mediterranean diet suggests through some evidence that risk factor control/modification can reduce cancer risk. In some cases with cholesterol medication one can reduce cancer death. The association of cardiovascular risk with cancer outcomes is not driven by any one common risk factor in both cancer and CVD, but rather by the interplay of the several risk components including age, blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking status, and diabetes. For example, the presence of metabolic syndrome, which involves disturbances in several of these risk factors, is associated with an increased risk of several cancer types. Furthermore the presence of obesity, is thought to account for nearly 1 in 5 cancer deaths. A recent study showed a 41% increased risk of all-cause mortality in patients with cancer with pre-existing diabetes versus those without pre-existing diabetes.

Dr. Mookadam was born in South Africa. He earned his medical Degree in Johannesburg South Africa and emigrated to Canada to complete undergrad in Biochemistry at York U, Toronto, and Masters in Health Research methodology. His specialty training is in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. Dr. Mookadam joined the staff of Mayo Clinic in 1998 at the Minnesota campus, and transferred to the Arizona campus in 2006. This is his 20th Year with Mayo Clinic. He has over 180 Publications and 10 book Chapters.