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After Breast Reconstruction, Cardiovascular Imaging Can Be Inaccurate

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More than half of women treated for invasive breast cancer elect to have breast reconstruction with implants after mastectomy. And the demand for reconstructive surgeries is expected to grow in the coming decade. But how breast implants may affect the interpretation of cardiovascular imaging studies has not been rigorously investigated, according to a Viewpoint article published in JAMA Cardiology.

“There have been several reports in the medical literature of women with breast cancer and implants in whom the results of cardiac studies, such as echocardiography and nuclear tests, were inaccurate,” says first author Ohad Oren, MD ...