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Topic: Cardiomyopathy Diagnosed before Chemo

Forum: Breast Cancer with Another Diagnosis or Comorbidity — Meet others who have breast cancer but also have another health diagnosis/comorbidity such as diabetes, MS, bipolar disorder, HIV or AIDS, Parkinson's Disorder, schizophrenia, etc.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2018 04:39PM

JS0404 wrote:


Today I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. I was supposed to start chemo in two days, but that’s being put on hold until I meet with the cardiologist. Now I’m not sure what to expect. Has anyone dealt with a heart condition prior to starting chemo?
Dx 9/19/2018, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Chemotherapy 10/19/2018 AC
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Jan 27, 2019 12:18PM Rosanne7 wrote:

Dear JS0404 ,

Sorry to hear about cardiomyopathy diagnosis. Were you able to consult w/ cardiologist? How are you feeling these days?

I was diagnosed w/ cardiomyopathy 12 years ago (January 2007) -- then dx. w/ early stage BC/DCIS May 2007.

Since then, I've experienced two rounds of breast cancer recurrences --

My only advice is -- Find heart meds that work for you (I started an ACE inhibitor 12 years ago & it has helped!

Also, a low salt diet can help w/ fluid retention; & foods like leafy greens, cranberry juice, asparagus, oatmeal & watermelon can act as nature's diuretics. (Doctor may also prescribe diuretic pills; these do work, but can drain electrolytes; so be sure to stock bananas/orange juice, etc. to replace potassium removed by diuretic.*)

In any case, please feel free to ask questions here on forum,

Grace & peace,


Dx 5/2007, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/2007, LCIS, Left Surgery 3/1/2008 Lumpectomy Dx 8/2011, DCIS/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 11/1/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR- Surgery 2/15/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 4/30/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery Lumpectomy: Left Surgery Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Saline implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement

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