How does leukemia effect your cardiovascular system?

Mostly indirectly. Acute leukemia can cause anemia (bleeding or low production) which if severe leads to low blood pressure, fast heart rate, stressing the heart and may lead to congestive heart failure. Infection and sepsis can happen leading to shock and rapid death if untreated. The treatment of leukemia may involve drugs that affect the heart and multiple blood transfusions that can cause fluid overload.

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How can leukemia effect the cardio vascular system?

Yes. Leukemia is associated with anemia which can directly affect cardiac function. Thrombocytopenia (low platelets) can cause bleeding into the pericardium with tamponade. Abnormal leukocytes can lead to infection, including endocarditis. Some chemotherapy drugs are cardiotoxic and arrhythmogenic. Read more...