Radiation Induced Heart Disease

Posted by inali @inali, Thu, Oct 10 4:44pm

This is my most recent diagnosis, which apparently is the underlying cause of my: congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, tricuspid-mitral-aortic valve problems, and goodness knows what other conditions. I have further testing at Mayo next week to help determine the extent of the damage, and whether or not I’m a candidate for valve replacement/repair. I had radiation therapy for cancer 40 years ago and have had periodic shortness of breath episodes over the years, no cause for which has been identified until now. How frustrating to learn what’s going on so late in the game. I’ve been searching for research articles but haven’t found much so far that even a highly educated layperson like me can understand. Is anyone dealing with the same or similar issues?

I’m in the process of getting my affairs in order’ (which we should all do whether a health scare or not), because this sounds like a death sentence to me. I feel like I’m suddenly in a race to dispose of my possessions and downsize my life before the grim reaper grabs me. At the same time, I’m desperate to maintain a positive attitude and find a kernel of hope in this situation.

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So sorry to hear this news. I have heard that certain chemo can cause CHF. Did you have chemo too? I have some heart troubles too so I know what you mean about getting affairs in order. It’s a good thing to do as nobody (even healthy folks) knows their expiration date. I hope you get good news about getting repairs.

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@penn1023

So sorry to hear this news. I have heard that certain chemo can cause CHF. Did you have chemo too? I have some heart troubles too so I know what you mean about getting affairs in order. It’s a good thing to do as nobody (even healthy folks) knows their expiration date. I hope you get good news about getting repairs.

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Thanks for your kind words. I did not have chemo, but have also heard of it’s heart damaging outcomes. I guess when your life is in jeopardy from cancer, even knowing heart damage is in your future would not keep you from having the treatment 😔

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