Radiation-Induced Heart Disease (RIHD)
I'm a 71 year old woman (28 year breast cancer survivor) recently diagnosed with Grade 1 diastolic dysfunction. The diagnosis came after an EKG, an echocardiogram, and a 72 hour holter monitor test. I was then prescribed 25mg of metoprolol once a day. I'm 30 pounds overweight, but otherwise have no underlying conditions (high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.) and no family history of heart disease. 28 years ago, I was treated for left breast cancer, and underwent 4 rounds of chemotherapy and 6 + weeks of radiation. While researching heart disease, I've found that decade laters people can develop radiation-induced heart disease due to radiation to their left chest area. Has anyone been diagnosed with RIHD? What were your symptoms? Treatment? I'm presently in an HMO, so limited to seeing a specialist in RIHD.