• Has anyone experienced serious heart problems during treatment?

    Asked by HardyGirl on Wednesday, March 6, 2013

    Has anyone experienced serious heart problems during treatment?

    9 Answers from the Community

    9 answers
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      My main issue has been my Blood Pressure, which we are having issues controlling as well as we would like. But no heart problems. I do know that heart problems can become an issue for some people during and after treatment.

      over 5 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      After my dad's surgery for his first lung cancer, he developed an irregular heartbeat, for which he needs medication. I don't think the chemotherapy had any effects on his heart.

      over 5 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      Thankfully I have not. I've been through chemo and rads. I'm currently still on chemo.

      over 5 years ago
    • Kathy's Avatar

      The worst I've had is a tightening in my chest while chemo was being administered. It was during my last two treatments. I think she would then slow down the drip and that seemed to help.

      over 5 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      Yes, I have!! But my tumor is near my heart (it was making me cough for a year before we figured out what it was!). Anyway, I stayed in the hospital for a week when I was getting diagnosed (had my biopsy surgery and first chemo session) and during one of those nights, my resting heart rate shot up to 250 bpm!! It was scary but they pushed adenosine into my IV and it lowered it. I've been on beta blockers for my heart rate since then and I haven't had too many problems. My heart rate has stabilized now. Even a few weeks before I was diagnosed, my resting heart rate would get up to around 150 while doing nothing and I couldn't figure out why. It's also why I had to stay in the hospital for so long. So it wasn't exactly the chemo that was affecting my heart, it was my tumor itself.

      over 5 years ago
    • Joachima's Avatar

      I experienced Tachycardia & heart palpitations - At rest, my pulse was racing at 120 and it felt as though my heart was pumping way too hard. I received treatment on Fridays, and this would start on Sundays, lasting for about 2 days, then it would stop. My blood pressure was out of control as well - sometimes way too high, sometimes normal. My oncologist did not know what these symptoms were from - the chemo drugs or the steroids. He told me to go to the emergency room when this happened, but I just waited it out, knowing by experience that it would subside in a couple of days. My chemo cocktail was Gemzar & Taxotere. In the end, it was suspected that the heart issue was from the steroids, but we'll never know for sure at this point. At my last treatment, we slowed down the rate of discontinuing the steroid and it seemed to help, though not eliminate the symptoms entirely.

      over 5 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      My mother, father and I all three have been through multiple diagnoses and have had no problems.

      over 5 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      A few hours after my mastectomy my heart went into A-fib (abnormal heart rhythm.) It went in and out of A-fib for several months. Chemo (adriamycin) and/or Herceptin reduced my heart function slightly (LVEF went from 60 to 55, then stabilized) and now I'm in A-fib almost all the time. Docs are preparing to do electrical cardio version within the next month or so.

      over 5 years ago
    • KimmieJo's Avatar

      The main issue for me with heart problems turned out to be low magnesium. My counts got so low that I would have heart arythmia and some chest pain. I now get magnesium infusions along with my chemo so that hopefully it will stay where it needs to be.

      over 5 years ago

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