Chemotherapy and radiation therapy for breast cancer cause side effects, such as cardiovascular changes, which can be monitored with echocardiography. However, more convenient methods are always encouraged. Radial arterial waves that are used to detect cardiovascular changes can be used to assist in confirming cardiovascular changes.


This retrospective study aimed to analyze the frequency and time domains of the radial artery pulse wave in patients with breast cancer to understand its effectiveness in identifying cardiovascular changes.


Patients with breast cancer were screened from the pulse examination records in

Changhua Christian Hospital and divided into the treatment and remission groups. After unlinking the data, the pulse data were analyzed for the breast cancer treatment and remission group, including the average value of the parameters of four consecutive pulse diagnosis records in four consecutive months to test the difference in pulse waves due to breast cancer treatment between the two groups. Additionally, the pulse wave stability of the two groups was compared using the coefficient of variation.

Results and Conclusion

The comparison of the pulse wave data between 19 patients in the treatment group and 40 patients in the remission group revealed 45 parameters in time and 50 in frequency domains. D3, ND3, NA1, and NT1 are the four parameters with significant differences (p < 0.05), which are all related to heart function, and mainly related to cardiac output and peripheral resistance, indicating that patients in the treatment period have poor heart function. No difference was found in the degree of data dispersion between the two groups. Cardiovascular side effects caused by breast cancer treatment can mainly be shown in the pulse wave time domain.

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