Heart Care Before, During and After Cancer Therapy

You may need specialized care for your heart if you are receiving cancer treatment or are a cancer survivor. The cardio-oncology program at Catholic Health is a partnership between St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center® (Roslyn, NY)  and the Cancer Institute at St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center® (Roslyn, NY). Our program is one of the few of its kind on Long Island, as well as in New York State, that brings together cardiology and oncology expertise to provide optimal cardiovascular care for cancer patients during and after their treatment.

In addition to being evaluated by our cardio-oncology sub-specialists, patients will have access to leading experts in cardiac imaging, cardiac surgery, heart failure and vascular surgery. Our doctors tailor the treatment/heart protection plan to your specific cancer type, and cancer treatment.

Contact Us

Call 516-302-8530 to make an appointment or refer a patient to the cardio-oncology program located at:

The St. Francis Hospital Ambulatory Center
2200 Northern Boulevard, Suite 220
East Hills, NY, 11548

In addition to treating patients from the Cancer Institute at St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center®, referrals are also accepted from other hospitals and local oncology practices.

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

Comprehensive Cardio-Oncology Care

  • Consultation and evaluation by a cardio-oncologist in collaboration with your oncology team.
  • Identification of existing or potential heart disease.
  • Close cardiac monitoring before, during and after cancer treatment.
  • Personalized access to advanced cardiovascular resources during cancer treatment.
  • Intervention if heart and vascular problems develop during or after cancer treatment.
  • Screening for potential issues after treatment is completed.
  • Care for patients treated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, targeted therapy, immunotherapy and transplantation.
  • Treatment for systemic amyloidosis, or excessive protein buildup in organs.

Advanced Cardiac Services

  • Cardiac MRI—produces detailed pictures of the area in and around the heart.
  • Cardiac CT—produces detailed pictures of the heart’s blood supply as well as area in and around the heart. 
  • 2D and 3D echocardiography—provides a dimensional view of the heart.
  • Strain imaging—evaluates for sub-clinical heart muscle dysfunction.
  • Nuclear cardiology—to evaluate for ischemia and infiltrative heart disease.
  • Cardiac biomarkers—evaluates heart function.
  • Interventional cardiology, cardiac electrophysiology, heart failure, cardiac surgery.

Learn more about our cardiac imaging services

Cardiovascular Toxicity

Advanced cancer treatment options have significantly improved the survival rates for active cancer patients. But the treatments used to kill cancer cells can also impact healthy cells in and around your heart. This is called cardiovascular toxicity, which increases if you have existing heart disease or develop heart problems during or after your cancer treatment. 
Similarly, among cancer survivors, many may develop cardiovascular disease. This occurs due to advancing age, risk factors common to both cancer and heart disease, and impact on the heart from several cancer treatments. Catholic Health cardio-oncologists offer specialized care to these cancer survivors as well so that their long-term risk of cardiovascular disease can be minimized.

Cardiovascular toxicity is a serious health problem. It increases your risk of developing heart failure, affects your heart’s rhythm and could limit your cancer treatment options. In some cases, cardiovascular toxicity can be fatal. Prevention and early detection are essential to protecting your heart health.

Yes. Our cardio-oncology team closely collaborates with your medical oncologist, radiation oncologist and oncology surgeon. We customize both the heart protective strategy as well as cancer therapy based on your unique risk factors and expected cancer treatment efficacy. Care continues before, during and after cancer treatment.

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