Cardiovascular Concerns in BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutation Carriers

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Purpose of review: BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers can be at increased cardiovascular risk. The goal of this review is to provide information about factors associated with increased cardiovascular risk, methods to prevent cardiovascular toxicities, and recommended screening guidelines. Recent findings: BRCA1/2 mutation carriers who are diagnosed with cancer are often exposed to chemotherapy, chest radiotherapy, and/or HER2 directed therapies, all of which can be cardiotoxic. In addition, BRCA1/2 carriers often undergo prophylactic salpingoopherectomies, which may also increase cardiovascular risks. Summary: Understanding the potential for increased cardiovascular risk in individuals with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, as well as gold standard practices for prevention, detection, and treatment of cardiac concerns in this population, is important.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number18
JournalCurrent Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018


  • BRCA mutation
  • Cardio-oncology
  • Chemotherapy cardiotoxicity
  • Radiation cardiotoxicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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