Dec 17, 2009 11:03 AM by Bea Karnes

Cancer diagnosis could spawn heart attack

The first thing your should do after receiving a cancer diagnosis--take a deep breath and relax!

Researchers in Sweden studied data collected from men diagnosed with prostate cancer. They found that patients diagnosed with the disease were three times more likely to have a heart attack in the first week after diagnosis, compared to men without the disease.

The overall suicide rate was low -- but the risk was eight times higher than the general population during that first week.



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