What is already known about this topic?
Cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD) share long-term risk factors. Physician-patient communication using heart age has been effective in motivating patients to improve modifiable CVD risk factors.
What is added by this report?
The predicted heart age and excess heart age among cancer survivors were 57.2 and 8.5 years, respectively, for men and 54.8 and 6.5 years, respectively, for women, and varied by age, race/ethnicity, education, and income. The prevalence of excess heart age ≥5 years was higher among men, cancer survivors with lower income and lower educational attainment, and non-Hispanic Black cancer survivors, particularly women.
What are the implications for public health practice?
Health care providers should counsel cancer survivors about ways to reduce modifiable shared risk factors such as tobacco use, physical inactivity, poor diet, hypertension, and obesity that contribute to excess heart age..