Unhealthy habits can make it more likely for you to have harmful effects from androgen deprivation therapy, for example:
Also, if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, not treating those conditions could increase your risk for cardiovascular problems from ADT.
If you have known heart problems, such as coronary artery disease, plaque and blockage of heart arteries, or if you have had a heart attack, you may have a higher risk of a cardiac event in the first year undergoing ADT. Also, in some cases certain types of ADT may be better for your heart, so it is very important to talk with your cancer doctor (oncologist) about your heart health before starting ADT.
It is important to talk to your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms such as:
You should seek emergency medical care for severe symptoms.
If you notice signs of stroke—someone having sudden loss of movement in face, leg or arm, or trouble speaking—call 911 at once. It's important to act fast to avoid permanent brain damage or even death.