A 50-year-old female asked:
does breast cancer medication have any link to mild strokes?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Calvin Weisberger answered
50 years experience Cardiology
Cva: Cancer is associated with clotting. Chemotherapy can sometimes also have this relationship, separating them is difficult.
Answered on Apr 14, 2013
Dr. Barry Rosen answered
33 years experience General Surgery
Tamoxifen & Strokes: Tamoxifen can slightly increase the risk of blood clots, potentially leading to a stroke or a dvt. This is not unlike birth control pills and is especially concerning in high-risk people (heart disease, smokers, prior clots). A similar class of drugs, aromatase inhibitors, is as or more effective than tamoxifen for estrogen (+) pts w/o the clotting risk, but it is only effective after menopause.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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