David L. Boone1, Saradadevi Thanikachalam2, Frances Cervoni-Curet1, Dinu-Valentin Balanescu3, Teodora Donisan3, Gloria Iliescu4, Nicolas Palaskas4, Juan Lopez-Mattei4, Mehmet Cilingiroglu5, Konstantinos Marmagkiolis6, Cezar Iliescu4
1 University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston
2 John P. Hussmann Institute for Human Genomics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL 33136, USA
3 Department of Internal Medicine, Beaumont Health, Royal Oak, Michigan
4 Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston, TX, USA
5 Bahçeşehir University
6 St. Joseph’s Hospital-Tampa, Tampa, FL
Since 1999, we have witnessed significant improvements in both cancer and cardiovascular care, translating into decreased mortality in both disease processes during the initial decade of the century. Since 2011, the parallel improvement in survivorship in both groups diverged, with cancer survivorship continuing to improve (with an overall decrease of 19%) while cardiovascular survivorship witnessed a 4% increase in mortality as opposed to the 22% reduction seen in the first decade1. Prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been a main focus of current cardiovascular research, since >80% of CVD is thought to be potentially prevented based on aggressive modification of traditional cardiovascular risk factors2. Aggressive modification of same risk factors has been shown to decrease the incidence of cancer3. Despite efforts to decrease the prevalence of both diseases, cancer and heart disease continue to be the leading causes of death of middle-aged adults and represent 50% of all deaths in this age group. It is evident that the same risk factors drive molecular pathways toward concomitant expression of both diseases4. Investigations to the association between cancer and cardiovascular di-sease as a comorbid group has been limited to few studies as previous research trends focused on a single cause and effect paradigm4–11. This has driven furt-her research into the comorbid conditions that affl ict those with cancer as evidenced by a high number of percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) in those with a cancer history13. However, more clinical data recognizes the increased use of PCI in cancer patients as reflected in the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) database, while majority of randomized clinical trials continue to have cancer as exclusion criteria and in-directly lead to a paucity of evidence that can be used to make life-saving clinical decisions in cancer patients with CVD. Until recently, the focus of CVD in cancer patients has not lent itself to studying each cancer individually but rather if cancer is present or not. As every cancer patient is unique, recent publications like Potts et al., have evaluation of in-hospital outcomes in patients undergoing PCI in specific groups (i.e. leukemia, lymphoma) using the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS); leukemia patients had a 40% increase in the odds of mortality compared to those without leukemia14. Identifying the temporal trends in subcategories of cancer diagnoses may better help to understand the effect of PCI in cancer patients. Overall, revascularization is the treatment of choice for acute coronary syndrome in cancer patients and continued efforts should be made to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of these techniques in those with different cancer types.
CANCER VS. NON-CANCER
Unique Characteristics of Cancer Patients
Not only cancer status, but also individual cancer types play a significant role in the expression of CVD. The two most common cancer types associated with CVD are lung and breast cancer, with 43% of those with lung cancer having a comorbid association with CVD and up to 17% of patients with breast cancers15. This is further supported by evidence that has shown patients affected by CVD have a predisposed risk of neoplasia16. Also it is extremely relevant if patient is being actively treated for malignancy versus just having a history of malignancy. In a retrospective observational study by Yoon-Park et. al, in the inpatient care of patients with active hematological malignancy, cardiology was invol-ved in >90% of acute coronary syndrome cases. Up to 75% of these cases were managed medically, with only 55% and 21% of these patients being managed with ASA and P2Y12 inhibitors, respectively17. This lack of goal directed medical therapy (GDMT), coincides with the lack of standardized data to draw from in these clinical situations as well as the complexity and frailty of cancer patients. The all-cause mortality of patients who had aspirin withheld as part of the treatment al-gorithm for ACS had 50% reduction in survival than those who received aspirin irrespective of revascula-rization.17 In a more generalized review of cancer pa-tients, those with thrombocytopenia were two-times less likely to receive aspirin than those with normal platelet counts18. The complexity surrounding the treatment of CVD in active cancer can be attributed to cancer patient’s frailty and presence of cytopenias (thrombocytopenia, anemia, pancytopenia), concomi-tant use of antineoplastic therapy, coagulopathy, and promotion of atherosclerosis.
The concern of performing PCI in cancer patients with thrombocytopenia is derived from procedural/ post-procedural bleeding risk and vascular access site complications. In patients with a new diagnosis of malignancy, there was an increased risk of myocardial infarction within the first 6 months of cancer diagnosis with a hazard ratio of 3.0 (1.8-5.0) to 13.1 (10.0-17.1), driven by cancer stage and with increased incidence in the first month compared to matched controls without cancer, independent of cancer type19. The reason for this heightened predisposition to coronary thromboembolism in active cancer patients is unclear but could be secondary to procoagulant factors and endothelial dysfunction.
Thrombocytopenia is frequent in cancer patients, occurring between 10 to 25% of those with solid tumors which can play a major role in the decision to use antiplatelet agents or perform coronary intervention20. The major concern with thrombocytopenia for treatment of ACS in CVD is the increased risk of bleeding in patients who have a pre-existing or developed level of thrombocytopenia during cancer treatment. In regard to those with pre-existing thrombocytopenia, there is some data to support that patients in this clinical scenario are not at an increased risk of bleeding with 16% of those with thrombocytopenia having developed bleeding while 14% of patients developed bleeding in a matched control group without thrombocytopenia21. However, this has been challenged more recently with chronic thrombocytopenia being associated with a 40% increase in the odds of having in hospital bleeding complications as well as in-hos-pital mortality22. However, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) expert consensus has established that PCI can be safely performed on cancer patients with the concurrent use of dual anti-platelet therapy (DAPT) in individuals with platelets as low as 30,00023. The lack of consistent data amongst thrombocytopenic patients who undergo PCI leaves operators and providers and knowledge gap can be surmounted by a multidisciplinary team approach and team decision to further pursue revascularization and the use of aspirin and P2Y12 inhibitors.
Figure 1. 84 yo man with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) on a clinical trial with Azacitidine, HTN, CAD sta- tus post LAD PCI, HLD, COPD with wors-ening fatigue, shortness of breath and abnormal stress test and thrombocytopenia (65,000/μL). Circum flex coronary artery (OM3) tubular calcified lesion 80% (Fig. 1a) was stented with a Cobra PzF nanocoated stent (NCS) (Fig. 1b), followed by optimization with additional post-dilatation and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) (Fig. 1c) with excellent angiographic results (Fig. 1d). Baseline thrombelastogram was normal (Fig. 1e) despite the low platelet count (Fig. 1f).
Cancer Therapy Effects
Effects of mediastinal radiation
Radiation-induced coronary heart disease (RICHD) has regularly been described in patients with previous mediastinal malignancies such as Hodgkin’s Lympho-ma and breast cancer, with an estimated risk between 25% and 250%24–28. The CV risk has a linear dose dependent response with risk increasing by 7.5% for every additional Grey unit (Gy) exposure29. Overtime and with a more insidious onset than traditional coronary disease, patients with prior radiation therapy exposure will manifest in over 50% of cases with typical anginal symptoms after 10 years or more from exposure30,31. Patients presentation for treatment with PCI for RICHD was at approximately 13 +/- 10 years from treatment according to a recent cohort32.
While typical anginal symptoms are present in up to two-thirds of patients, the remainder one-third have clinically silent or non-anginal (atypical) chest pain30,31. Unlike traditional coronary artery disease, patients with RICHD are relatively younger (mean age of 33 to and will often lack traditional risk factors for coronary artery disease24. To make it more challenging, wi-thin the first years after radiation exposure, chest pain can be both anginal or non-anginal with as many as half of breast cancer patients experiencing chest pain from chest wall discomfort, pericarditis, and pleuritis24,30,31. However, it is critical to rule out acute myocardial infarction in these patients as those treated with higher doses of radiation are more likely to present with acute myocardial infarction and sudden cardiac death with the relative risk of both approaching 4.2 and 6.7 respectively33. In a more recent cohort of 157 patients with prior history of radiation, approximately 50% of patients present with acute coronary syndrome while the other half presented with atypical chest pain or stable angina32. These patients with RICHD despite being relatively older than previously reported groups of patients were overall still younger than traditional patients undergoing coronary interventions, with an average age of 65±11.2 years. It is a common paradox in these patients between the cardiovascular risk factor burden and the excessive severity of angiographic disease found on diagnostic imaging32.
A small propensity matched cohort underwent CTA revealing 59% of patients with previous XRT exposure had at least one coronary lesion compared to 36% of controls. The severity of disease was also worse in these patients with 24% of patients having either three vessel or left main disease and 7% of all lesions having greater than 70% of stenosis compared to none with this level of stenosis in the controls34. The XRT group had nearly twice as many proximal plaques in all major coronary vessels compared to controls34.
Classic location of RICHD are the ostia of LM, LAD, circumflex and RCA. From all patients undergoing PCI for radiation induced/associated CAD, the LAD was the target lesion for revascularization in up to 52% of patients with one third of patients having a LM or ostial stenosis32. The atypical presentation and complexity of disease can make the appropriate strategy for revascularization challenging. There is evidence supporting the use of CTA to identify lesion severity and location.
The management of patients with XRT has a medical management and revascularization component. The medical management of RICHD is beyond the scope of this review and should overlap with the treatment of traditional coronary artery disease. Revascularization techniques, however, can be divided into surgical and percutaneous revascularization with no randomized controlled trials comparing these two management strategies. However, there are several retrospective cohort studies that evaluated the outcomes of either surgical or percutaneous revascularization without any head-to-head comparisons. PCI in XRT exposed patients leads to a 58% increase in major adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events (MACCE) after receiving PCI which includes a 24% and 38% incre-ase in all-cause and cardiac mortality, respectively32. In a propensity matched cohort, Liang et al. found that there was a non-significant difference in all-cause and CVD mortality35. This highlights the limitations of the collected data, not refl ecting the radiation dose to the cardiac fields involved. Additional confounding factors are the antineoplastic agents (chemotherapy and immunotherapy) that can be associated with vascular toxicity and progressive atherosclerosis.
Figure 2. 63 y.o. male with a primary medical history of stage III Non-Small Cell Lung cancer, KRAS+ previously treated with Carboplatin, Paclitaxel, Trametinib with concurrent radiotherapy lung cancer with hypertension, hyperlipidemia, permanent pacemaker (PPM) and with refractory radiation induced CAD (Fig. 2a), optical coherence tomography OCT (Fig. 2b) showed severe instent restenosis fibrous (Fig. 2c) or fibrofatty (Fig. 2d) and underwent ad-ditional plain old balloon angioplasty (POBA) and PCI (Fig. 2e) with good immediate results (Fig. 2f).
Effects of chemotherapy
While the field of cardio-oncology is defined by cardiotoxicity in patients treated with anthracyclines and cardiac troponin T (TnT) elevation – dose dependent indicates cardiotoxicity, and vascular toxicities star-ted triggering increased interest, the effects of che-motherapy on patients who undergo PCI is yet to be defined.36 Myocardial infarction has been described in association with a number of chemotherapeutic agents with variable temporal and clinical presentation. The infusion of fluorouracil can mimic myocardial infarction in seconds to minutes after infusion of the therapy and the risk can linger days following therapy. 5-Fluorouracil-induced cardiotoxicity during chemotherapy for adenocarcinoma of the small bowel has been re-ported37. Other chemotherapeutic agents associated with acute coronary syndrome include vincristine, rituximab, and cisplatin. The treatment of ACS should be similar to the patients that do not carry the cancer diagnosis.
Effects of immunotherapy
Immunotherapy harnesses the power of the body’s immune system to treat cancer, started with the use of interleukin-2 for metastatic melanoma and renal carcinoma and was early recognized as associated with cardiotoxicity, including myocardial ischemia38. Novel therapies such as adoptive T cell therapy (ACT), with T cells isolated from the patient that are genetically engineered to express receptors that have a high affinity for specifi c tumor antigens or chimeric antigen recep-tors39 have been reported to have off-target mediated cardiotoxicity. While myocarditis was the primordial reported toxicity and main concern, other cardiotoxicities presenting with hypotension, tachycardia, arrythmias, LV dysfunction, cardiac arrest, and cardiac injury as reflected by the troponin elevation have been reported40. While a recent study showed 79% of patients will have left ventricular dysfunction and can present with global or regional wall motion abnor-malities41. This clinical picture could be confused with myocardial infarction and should be evaluated as such until proven otherwise with the appropriate clinical and diagnostic testing such as EKG, troponin, and in patients with previous coronary artery disease dia-gnostic cardiac catheterization.
Adapting Percutaneous Coronary Interventions and Outcome Reporting to Cancer Type
Hematologic malignancies comprised nearly 20% of all new cases in 2019 with leukemia being amongst the most common making up 7% of new diagnoses42. These cancers can lead to significant thrombocytopenia and platelet dysfunction which can increase the risk of major bleeding complications during procedures such as PCI43. In a study by Mohammed et. al from the NIS database, those with leukemia had statistically significant increased risk of bleeding (p<.001) at 5.6% com-pared to 5.3% in those without leukemia44. Further sub-analysis showed CML patients had the highest risk of bleeding complications with OR of 1.20 [1.05-1.37; P<.007] which was thought to be secondary to the older age and chemotherapeutic agents used to treat this leukemic group, with tyrosine-kinase inhibitors (TKI’s) associated with an increased bleeding risk45. Patients experiencing STEMI with a diagnosis of he-matological malignancy were at a heightened risk for gastrointestinal bleeding with 3.1% of these patients having a bleed compared to 2.4% of other hospitalized patients without hematological malignancy with a p-value of 0.00146. This is despite the fact that just 48% of leukemic patients underwent coronary revasculari-zation compared to 66% in the control population46.
The use of angiography for patients who presented with ACS (NSTEMI or STEMI) was 17.5% and 40% of the time respectively with only 5.3% and 30% receiving coronary intervention17. Medical management was incomplete with less than half of patients receiving the appropriate antiplatelet, anticoagulant, and/or sta-tin therapy of which lead to an increase of in-hospital and 1-year mortality of 22% and 59% for NSTEMI and STEMI respectively17. Outcome data was worse post-PCI, which were primarily observed in AML with mortality odds-ratios of 5.38 in these cases without signifi cance found in the other broad leukemia types14. However, based on this report many of these complications were related to non-cardiac complications such as bleeding and stroke with an insignificant di-fference in cardiac complication between leukemic patients and those without leukemia14. This supports the notion that patients with leukemia are at a pre-disposition of bleeding which could be explained by the predisposition to thrombocytopenia and platelet dysfunction.
Despite an increased risk of bleeding in leukemic patients, the prothrombotic nature of cancer can pre-dispose even these patients to heightened risk of stent thrombosis. The incidence of stent thrombosis is rare in patients without cancer approaching just under 2% in those compliant with DAPT47. However, in the case of Sargsyan et. al, the presence of undiagnosed APML there appears to be an association between cancer leading to stent thrombosis of multiple coronary arteries and stents which lead to mortality.48 Those afflicted with polycythemia vera (PV) undergoing PCI experience both stent re-stenosis and stent thrombosis
secondary to the proliferative and thrombotic nature of the disease49. It may be reasonable to screen patients for PV in the right clinical circumstance as 16% of patients with PV can present with arterial thrombosis based on a cohort of patients with PV49. Overall, mortality in these patients was also worse compared to controls without hematologic malignancy which was supported by several studies with in-hospital mortality ranging from 7.4 to 15%14,44,46 Conclusions regarding these outcomes are difficult to draw with a lack of randomized control trials. However, this can be partially explained by previously mentions of the lack of GDMT in these patients compared to their non-malignant counterparts such as decreased use of DAPT and coronary revascularization.
The second most common hematologic malignancy, lymphoma, makes up 3% to 4% of all cancers worldwide based on cancer registry data50–52. The treatments designated for this cancer can lead to significant cardiovascular disease as described previously with the use of mediastinal radiation in patients with lymphoma. A NIS study of patients who underwent PCI shows that approximately 0.25% of patients who underwent coronary intervention had a diagnosis of lymphoma observed in a 10-year period with the prevalence increasing steadily since 200453. These patients were also found to have less cardiovascular comorbidities as those without lymphoma53. Multivessel revascularization with bare metal stents were more frequent in patients with lymphoma with more intravascular testing of disease as well as the use of left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) such as intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) as patients with lymphoma were more likely to present with cardiogenic shock53. In congruence with leukemia patients with lymphoma, specifically Hodgkin’s lymphoma, had higher rates of complications and in-hospital mortality after PCI with the cause being higher vascular and bleeding complications with odds ratios of 1.11 (1.05-1.18) and 1.12 (1.06-1.19) respectively with the odds of in-hospital mortality approaching an increase of 39% (OR 1.39 (1.25-1.54))53. After adjusting for base-line risk factors, those with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma did not see a significant increase in bleeding, vascular complications, or in-hospital mortality which suggests the co-morbidity of Hodgkin’s lymphoma may portend a worse outcome for patients experiencing acute coronary syndrome undergoing revascularization53. All hematologic malignancies had a predisposition toward TIA/stroke after undergoing PCI in the current literature14,53. The mechanism for these clinical outcomes is only rudimentarily understood and there is a need for further study.
Approximately 1 in 10 patients who underwent PCI had an active or history of the four most common solid tumors (prostate, breast, colon, and lung) with these patients having worse in-hospital mortality or complications compared to those without cancer13. While patients with cancer and cardiovascular disease are the focus of clinical research in many centers in the world, there still is paucity of studies to draw from guidelines. We have commented on the most up to date literature for each cancer type and the optimal revascularization strategy based on current data.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men for the year of 2019 with 20% of new cancer diagnoses attributed to the prostate42. An in-patient analysis of patients from the United States of America with cancer and acute myocardial infarction reveals it is one of the most common cancer types with 16.5% of patients having a current diagnosis of prostate cancer54. The incidence and prevalence of those with prostate cancer who experience acute coronary syndrome will continue to have significant impact on our health care system with important clinical decisions to be made on appropriate treatment.
Medical management has been the cornerstone of treatment in this population with approximately 30% of these patients being managed medically compared to just 12% of those without cancer54. The mortality of these patients ranged from 7.5% to 13.5% depending if metastasis were present with significant mortality in the metastatic group with OR of 1.87 (1.71,2.03)54. The proportion of patients undergoing PCI world-wide with a current or historical diagnosis of prostate cancer ranges from 18-27% dependent on the population studied and was commonly among the top 3 cancer diagnosis amongst these populations13,55–57. An active diagnosis of prostate cancer was associated with an approximately 10% increase in the use of bare metal stent compared to those without cancer or a history of prostate cancer13. In the absence of metastatic disease, performing PCI on patients with active or a history of prostate cancer did not result in increased mortality compared to those without cancer in multiple studies13,54. The most important clinical non-mortality based concern in these patients is complications from vascular access and bleeding risk as these appear to be more common in those with active prostate cancer13. The bleeding risk was associated with OR of 1.56 (1.47,1.65) when there was an active diagnosis of prostate cancer54. The presence of metastasis was magnified this risk with OR of 2.31 (2.16, 2.47) in those with prostate metastasis compared to 1.23 (1.18, 1.29) in those without metastases. Based on current literature, patients undergoing PCI with a history of prostate cancer are not at an increased risk of cardiac or non-cardiac mortality, but caution should be taken when approaching vascular access. The current expert consensus, on access in the cancer population would be the use of a micro-puncture kit and the use of ra-dial access when appropriate to reduce vascular complications and bleeding risk which can be extrapolated to prostate cancer patients58.
Figure 3. 78 y.o. male with essential thrombocytosis, CAD, atrial fibrillation admitted to the hospital for gastro-intestinal hemorrhage and chest pain/ NSTEMI. Coronary angiogram revealed an ulcerated plaque in the LAD (Fig. 3a) confi rmed by IVUS (Fig. 3b) stented with a 4.0 x 16 mm Synergy drug-eluting stent with results optimized by post dilatation with a 4 x 12 mm NC Emerge balloon (Fig. 3c) and IVUS with also good final angiographic result (Fig. 3d). Right coronary artery had significant in-stent restenosis (ISR) (Fig. 3e) confi rmed by IVUS (Fig. 3f) treated with POBA (Fig. 3g) as already patient had multiple stent layers with good IVUS and angiographic result (Fig. 3h). Prostate cancer.
In the study by Darby et al., it was established that there was a 7.4% increase per gray (95% CI, 2.9-14.5) of the rate of major coronary event in patients who received radiotherapy, with those irradiated for left breast having a higher rate than those irradiated for right breast28. The pathophysiology of breast cancer and its effect on developing cardiovascular disease is not well understood but in a retrospective analysis of NIS patients those with non-metastatic breast cancer does not appear to have an increased effect on morta-lity and MACCE with OR of 0.92, 95% CI 0.82-1.02)59. The antineoplastic agents such as chemoradiothera-py appear to be the driving force of cardiovascular disease in breast cancer patients. In acute coronary syndrome, approximately 75% of breast cancer pati-ents underwent revascularization with just 27% recei-ving PCI59. Utilization of revascularization in breast cancer patients In those with metastatic disease, the risk of MACCE, mortality, and bleeding were approxi-mately 2 in each category59. Metastatic disease should be approached with signifi cant caution and a multi-disciplinary team as well as patient wishes should be considered when performing intervention in patients with breast cancer and metastatic disease experien-cing coronary events. In the event of a ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), there was underutili-zation of PCI with only 31% of patients receiving this revascularization technique, leading to an in-hospital mortality of 28% in patients not receiving PCI60. The-re was a 20% decrease in mortality in patients who underwent PCI after experiencing a STEMI60. Those with a history of breast cancer were also at a greater risk of developing heart failure with HR of 1.33 (95% CI 1.11-1.58 p=.0016) than those without breast can-cer HR 1.07 (95% CI 1.02-1.12 p=.014) after acute myocardial infarction. This in part may be explained by the decreased use of revascularization in patients with breast cancer61.
Procedural considerations in cancer patients is im-portant because of a heightened risk in some cancer populations toward bleeding. However, the use of ra-dial access is preferred in patients with a history of breast cancer treatment as there is no added risk to increased complications such as lymphedema accor-ding to current literature62. In the event that radial access is not feasible, the use of alternative access is safe in breast cancer patients and in non-metastatic disease there is not an increased risk of procedural related bleeding with OR of 1.07 (95% CI 0.99-1.17)54.
The improvement of screening and prevention of co-lorectal cancer (CRC has led to a 3% decline annu-ally in its incidence63. However, despite this colorectal cancer made up 17% of new diagnosed cancer cases in 2019.42 This poses a significant public health risk and little is known about the impact CRC plays on the car-diovascular system but is thought to have a negative impact with CRC with 26% of patients experiencing some form of cardiovascular disease15. There is even less data on the appropriate management strategy of coronary intervention for those afflicted with active CRC. Similar to other solid tumors, metastatic CRC increased the risk of in-hospital mortality with OR of 2.31 (2.07,2.58) in patients who experienced ACS54. The reason for this is not well understood but could be due to the increased occurrence of complicating factors such as acute renal syndrome and thrombo-cytopenia which argues in favor of the importance of multidisciplinary decision-making13.
In patients without metastatic disease, the rate of procedural complication was the most abundant in co-lon cancer with an OR of 2.17 (95% CI 1.90-2.48) for any complication13. Bleeding risk was the highest of any group with OR of 3.15 (2.95,3.37) and 3.65 (95% CI 3.07-4.35) found in multiple studies13,54. CRC in the absence of metastasis did not independently in-crease the in-hospital mortality with OR of 1.39, (95% CI 0.99-1.95)13. The number of patients between 2001 to 2011 with colon cancer who experienced a ST ele-vation myocardial infarction was 9,944 with 17.3% of these patients not being treated with percutaneous coronary leading to a 32% rate of in-hospital mortality with mortality rates dropping to just over 10% for re-vascularization60. Utilizing PCI during an acute STEMI is critical even in those with an active colon cancer as these studies suggest a 10.7% rate of mortality witho-ut appropriate revascularization at one year60. Howe-ver, there are limitations in these studies as they are observational without randomization and could suffer from other confounding biases. In the absence of me-tastatic disease based on current literature, coronary revascularization should be pursued and is safe in tho-se with CRC.
In a sample of >6 million percutaneous coronary proce-dures between 2004 and 2014, approximately 46,000 patients had a diagnosis of active or historical lung can-cer with the crude in-hospital mortality for the total population approaching 10% of these patients with OR approaching 1.65 (95% CI 1.32-2.05) and 2.81 (95% CI 2.37-3.34) of historical and active diagnoses respecti-vely13. The complication rate of active lung cancer was increased with a predisposition of bleeding (OR 1.79 (95% CI 1.56-2.05)). Metastasis amplified the mortality risk with adjusted OR of 3.94 (CI 95% 3.04-5.11) and an increase in bleeding risk (OR 2.33 (CI 95% 1.92-2.83)13. Patients who presented with metastatic disea-se were less likely to undergo coronary intervention in the setting of acute myocardial infarction13,60. The utilization of percutaneous coronary intervention in patients who presented with ACS were less likely to receive GDMT or revascularization. Those presenting with STEMI, received PCI just 20% of the time with a mortality rate approaching 42% in those who did not undergo percutaneous revascularization.60 However, only those with local treatment with radiotherapy ex-perienced cardiac-specifi c mortality based on available SEER data64. This increase in in-hospital mortality co-uld be secondary to poor prognostic features of lung cancer or the high risk of clinically significant bleeding.
In similar fashion to other types of solid tumors, MACCE and mortality were elevated with a diagno-sis of lung cancer with a two-fold increase in the lung cancer group with OR of 2.38, 95% CI (2.31-2.45 and 2.71, 95% CI (2.65-2.80), respectively.59 There is cur-rently limited data on the study directed at individual cancers and much of the data are retrospective stu-dies and sub-analysis of larger studies. Further study is needed to address the needs of these patients.
The modern interventional onco-cardiologist faces numerous challenges when managing CVD in patients with both active and past cancer. These patients of-ten present with comorbidities that in a “traditional” cardiovascular population would’ve been considered at least relative contraindications to invasive manage-ment. In particular current evidence suggests impro-ved outcomes following invasive management of ACS in cancer patients despite a higher risk of complicati-ons compared to non-cancer patients. Furthermore, specific types of cancer present individual challenges, an aspect which needs to be taken into consideration in further longitudinal studies.
Conflict of interest: none declared.
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