Spouses of Cancer Patients Have an Increased Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: What Do We know about this Link?
The article by Ji, Zöller, Sundquist and Sundquist found that after a cancer diagnosis in husbands or wives, the risks of coronary heart disease (CHD), ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, were each significantly increased in affected versus non-affected spouses1. This analysis used several Swedish national data registries, including the Swedish Cancer Registry, the Swedish National Population and Housing Census, and the Swedish Multi-Generation Registry, which cover close to 100 percent of the population and include substantial individual-level information. Such a comprehensive and integrative system made it possible systematically and objectively to assess the association between being a cancer caregiver and the elevation in the risk of cardiovascular disease. Thus, the study found that the spousal caregivers of cancer patients compared to a matched reference group, experienced an increase in the risk of CHD and stroke of 13-29% when assessed for up to 20 years after their spouse's cancer diagnosis. (SELECT FULL TEXT TO CONTINUE)
- Received March 5, 2012.
- Accepted March 9, 2012.
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