When Starting ADT, Some Things Are Worth Talking About
Some commonly prescribed androgen deprivation therapies (ADTs) include a warning about an increased risk of heart attack, sudden cardiac death, and stroke (cardiovascular diseases), as well as diabetes.1
Tell your doctor if you have a family history of heart disease, have had a previous heart attack or stroke, have diabetes, or have other cardiovascular risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or cigarette smoking.
If you have any concerns about which ADT you have been prescribed, please discuss your treatment options with your doctor.
Answering YES to any of the following can affect which ADT you should be on:
- Do you have a family history of heart disease?
- Do you have diabetes?
- High blood pressure?
- High cholesterol?
- Do you smoke?
References: 1. Food and Drug Administration. FDA drug safety communication: update to ongoing safety review of GnRH agonists and possible increased risk of diabetes and certain cardiovascular diseases. http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm229986.htm. Accesed November 16. 2018.
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