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Feb 10, 2019 11:56AM
Bonnie, so sorry you are going through this. I'm having the opposite problem with my heart, but thought I'll post about it here in case anyone else has a similar issue. I don't think mine is related to chemo (I had TCHP), but who knows?
Two weeks ago I was at a dog park and passed out. I wasn't doing anything -- just standing around and the weather was comfortable (high 50s/low 60s). I felt a twinge in my abdomen, then shortly after I felt tingly and told my husband before I collasped. I was only out for a couple of minutes, but when I came to I was unsteady. My husband drove me to the ER. I was able to walk-in. The admittance desk took my BP and pulse and took me in right away.
In the ER, my heart rate was low -- it kept bouncing between low 50s and mid 30s so they admitted me. I was alert and felt okay, even when my HR was in the 30s. In the hospital I was hooked up to a heart monitor. They did blood work (all fine), chest xray (fine) , echo cardiogram (fine), and a treadmill stress test (passed with flying colors). They decided that my bradycardia (low HR) is probably normal for me, but don't know why my HR drops so low. (My BP is normal, about 110/60.) I was told I may need a pacemaker.
I spent two nights in the hospital. Before I was released, they implanted a heart monitor in my chest. I have a transmitter in my bedroom and every night the recordings get sent to my cardiologist. If I have another episode or if my heart doesn't feel right, hopefully the recording will show something. If it doesn't, then the cause may not be my heart.
I've been running on the treadmill for many years. I think my HR used to be in the 60s/70s (before BC), but now it's in the 50s and I wonder how low it can go w/o killing me. I know herceptin can cause heart damage, but my echos have always been fine. I can't help but wonder if chemo has caused whatever issue I have now. Anyone else with heart issues after chemo?
Dx'd at age 56. Tumor found by my annual mammogram -- cancer can grow fast!
10/6/2016, IDC, Left, 2cm, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC)
10/6/2016, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, ER+/PR-
11/1/2016 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
11/1/2016 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
11/1/2016 Perjeta (pertuzumab)
3/27/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left