Growing specialization hopes to reduce COVID-19 deaths

Heart disease and cancer are known to be risk factors for worse outcomes in people with COVID-19 so Cardio-Oncologists are facing some new challenges

LA CROSSE, Wis (WKBT) – Cardio-oncology is a growing field of medicine that focuses on heart disease, during and after treatment for cancer.

Heart disease and cancer are known to be risk factors for worse outcomes in people with COVID-19 so cardio-oncologists are facing some new challenges.

Health officials are making connections between the high risk of these illnesses alone, but also being compounded with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Then in the second wave of publications that we’ve seen, what started to emerge was that patients with cancer have a significantly higher risk of mortality. So if you have cancer patients with cardiovascular diseases, by logic these are the highest risk groups,” said Dr. Joerg Herrmann, the Director of Cardio-Oncology at Mayo Clinic.

Health experts are continuing to push for people to get flu vaccines to help reduce their risks of infection.