Heart Care Before, During, and After Cancer Therapy

Catholic Health's Cardio-Oncology Program evaluates and treats patients who have heart disease or who are at risk of heart disease before, during, and after cancer treatment. We are one of a few medical centers in the United States with dedicated expertise in cardiovascular care for cancer patients and survivors.

Our collaboration with a patient's medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, and oncology surgeon allows us to customize the best cancer therapies. We help patients live full, vibrant lives by protecting their quality of life and long-term heart health. Using the latest imaging technology and research, our doctors prevent heart damage, make efforts to detect any problems as early as possible, and carefully manage specific conditions.

Find Cardio-Oncology Care Near You

We are recognized as a Center of Excellence and awarded “gold status” designation by the International Cardio-Oncology Society.

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Dr. Syed Mahmood
Syed Mahmood, MD, MPH, Catholic Health Director of Cardio-Oncology

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Age, especially those who are older.
  • Risk factors common to both cancer and heart disease.
  • Damage to the heart from several cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, transplantation and radiation.

If you are receiving treatment for cancer or are a cancer survivor, you may be at higher risk for heart disease. Our program helps protect your heart from side effects so that you can complete your life-prolonging cancer therapy.

Our team also helps manage your long-term heart health after you complete cancer treatment.

Services include:

  • Risk assessment before cancer treatment

  • Care for cancer patients with existing cardiovascular disease

  • Monitoring for cardiac complications from cancer therapy

  • Assessment of long-term cardiac risk in cancer survivors

  • Assessment of new chemotherapies

A referral to the cardio-oncology service includes a comprehensive consultation and evaluation with one of our physicians. The evaluation may include medical imaging
to better understand a patient’s cardiovascular condition.

An individualized treatment plan will then be developed for each patient. Treatment varies according to the type of heart condition, the patient’s progress, whether they have any other underlying conditions, and whether they are currently under cancer treatment. 

  • Pre-operative optimization
  • High-risk cancer treatment
  • Cardiovascular risk factors
  • Cardiovascular complications
  • Cardiac surveillance
  • Survivorship clinics
  • Cardiac tumors
  • Cardiac imaging (echocardiography, CT and MRI) 
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Cardiac electrophysiology
  • Cardiac and oncological rehabilitation
  • Heart valve program
  • Cardiovascular surgery 

Cardio-Oncology Program Locations

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The Cancer Institute at Good Samaritan University Hospital

West Islip, NY Cancer Institute

Mercy Hospital

The Cancer Institute at Mercy Hospital

Rockville Centre, NY Cancer Institute

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The Cancer Institute at St. Francis Hospital

East Hills, NY Cancer Institute