Sex-Related Differences in Dilated Cardiomyopathy with a Focus on Cardiac Dysfunction in Oncology

Filippo Crea, Domenico D'Amario, Massimiliano Camilli, Stefano Migliaro, Francesco Canonico, Mattia Galli, Alessandra Arcudi, Rocco Antonio Montone, Josip Andjelo Borovac, Gianluigi Savarese

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Purpose of Review: The aim of this report is to describe the main aspects of sex-related differences in non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathies (DCM), focusing on chemotherapy-induced heart failure (HF) and investigating the possible therapeutic implications and clinical management applications in the era of personalized medicine. Recent Findings: In cardio-oncology, molecular and multimodality imaging studies confirm that sex differences do exist, affecting the therapeutic cardioprotective strategies and, therefore, the long-term outcomes. Interestingly, compelling evidences suggest that sex-specific characteristics in drug toxicity might predict differences in the therapeutic response, most likely due to the tangled interplay between cancer and HF, which probably share common underlying mechanisms. Summary: Cardiovascular diseases show many sex-related differences in prevalence, etiology, phenotype expression, and outcomes. Complex molecular mechanisms underlie this diverse pathological manifestations, from sex-determined differential gene expression to sex hormone interaction with their receptors in the heart. Non-ischemic DCM is an umbrella definition that incorporates several etiologies, including chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathies. The role of sex as a risk factor for cardiotoxicity is poorly explored. However, understanding the various features of disease manifestation and outcomes is of paramount importance for a prompt and tailored evaluation.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)102-102
Numero di pagine1
RivistaCurrent Cardiology Reports
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2020


  • Cardio-oncology
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy
  • Heart failure
  • Sex difference


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