Manuela Fiuza

Manuela Fiuza was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1956. She attended Lisbon Medical University and graduated in 1981. She did the fellowship of cardiology at the Hospital Santa Maria in Lisbon and graduated in 1991. During that time she developed special interest in echocardiography and intensive care. Dr. Fiuza is currently working at the Department of Cardiology of Hospital Santa Maria. Since 1999 she has been working as a senior cardiologist at the Echocardiography Laboratory. In 2000, she received her Ph.D. from Lisbon Medical University. While holding a position as a Professor of Cardiology, she also coordinated several pre- and post- graduated projects. She received several awards for scientific research. Her latest research interests are focused on cardio-oncology. Dr. Fiuza is a member of several scientific societies and is fellow of the European Society of Cardiology.

Manuela Fiuza

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The possibility of getting a cardiovascular disease or cancer increases with advancing age. At the same time, relevant improvements in cancer therapy have resulted in the improvement of quality of life and the increasement of the survival rate of such patients. As a result we have larger number of patients that experience the cardiac side effects of chemotherapy. The extent of cardiotoxicity is variable, depending on the type of drug used, combination with other drugs, prior mediastinal radiotherapy and the presence of cardiovascular risk factors or history of heart disease. Early detection of the patients proneness for developing cardiotoxicity is the key issue to decrease morbidity and mortality. It also facilitates more tailored therapeutic interventions. Therefore, the collaboration and interaction of cardiology and oncology may contribute to reducing the cardiovascular adverse effects and improving the results in the treatment of patients with cancer.

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