Cardiovascular Oncologic Emergencies

Sundeep Shenoy, Safal Shetty, Shilpa Lankala, Faiz Anwer, Andrew Yeager, Sasikanth Adigopula

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Oncologic emergencies can present either as a progression of a known cancer or as the initial presentation of a previously undiagnosed cancer. In most of these situations, a very high degree of suspicion is required to allow prompt assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. In this article, we review the presentation and management of cardiovascular oncologic emergencies from primary and metastatic tumors of the heart and complications such as pericardial tamponade, superior vena cava syndrome, and hyperviscosity syndrome. We have included the cardiovascular complications from radiation therapy, chemotherapeutic agents, and biologic agents used in modern cancer treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-158
Number of pages12
JournalCardiology (Switzerland)
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017


  • Cardiac tumors
  • Cardio-oncology
  • Hyperviscosity syndrome
  • Pericardial tamponade
  • Superior vena cava syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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