Community Health Network is the first provider in Indiana to offer a dedicated Cardio-Oncology Clinic, a collaborative and personalized heart care destination for cancer patients. Here, Community cancer patients receive comprehensive treatment while minimizing their cardiac risk. We understand that dealing with cancer can be overwhelming. Cardio-oncology care reassures patients that their heart health is taken care of before, during and after they receive cancer treatment.
To schedule an appointment or learn more about cardio-oncology care at Community, please call 317-621-8500.
In the video below, Dr. Rey Vivo and Dr. Sumeet Bhatia discuss how the Cardio-Oncology Clinic benefits cancer patients at higher risk for heart conditions.
Prevention of cardiac risk
At the clinic, we identify patients with cancer who may be at an increased risk for chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity (heart dysfunction), or heart damage. Chemotherapy is an important way to treat cancer, but some chemo drugs can harm the heart. Risks can include high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythm, silent coronary artery disease, blood clots, heart failure and heart valve complications.
Patients at the Cardio-Oncology Clinic benefit from:
- Early detection of cardiac risks, such as heart failure
- Early administration of cardioprotective agents
- Minimized heart damage during cancer treatment
Preventive measures, such as early detection of heart damage, and management of cardiac complications associated with chemotherapy have demonstrated successful outcomes for cancer patients.
Led by oncologists Sumeet Bhatia, MD, at Community North, Pablo Bedano, MD, at Community South and cardiologist Rey Vivo, MD, the cardio-oncology team is dedicated to caring for patients in every stage of cancer treatment. The doctors, nurses and other medical team members work together to provide expert diagnostic testing, medical management, and interventional and surgical procedures.
Cancer patients will receive initial heart assessment screenings at Community Cancer Center North and Community Cancer Center South. Those at risk will be seen in the dedicated Cardio-Oncology Clinic located at Community Heart and Vascular Hospital and Heart and Vascular Center at Community Hospital South, where they will receive an individualized cardiac risk evaluation and treatment plan. Non-invasive techniques, such as cardiac imaging and biomarkers, are used to provide early detection and treatment of potential cardio-toxicity from cancer therapy.
Patient care is closely coordinated among cardiologists and oncologists throughout the duration of a patient's treatment schedule. Cardio-oncology care does not interrupt or reduce the effectiveness of cancer therapy.
To schedule an appointment or learn more about cardio-oncology care, please call 317-621-8500.
Community Heart and Vascular Hospital
8075 N. Shadeland Avenue, Suite 310
Indianapolis, IN 46250
Heart and Vascular Care
Community Hospital South
1402 E. County Line Road, Suite 2400
Indianapolis, IN 46227