Dec 29, 2012 - 10:54 pm
My mother who is 87 years old has been getting chemo for almost 2 years.
Now the chemo has caused a new problem, namely, heart problems.
The session before last she was given chemo (5 FU) in the morning. In the evening she had a fast heart rate (over 100 beats per minute). She slept without telling me of the problem.
The next morning, her heart rate was even higher (almost 120 per minute), and she was having pain in her left arm and jaw and face. So I rushed her to the emergency room and she eventually stayed two nights at the hospital. They diagnosed her with Atrial Fibrillation, said her heart had suffered “slight damage”, and gave her new medication for her heart.
About 4 weeks later, she was given chemo again (Taxol this time). The next morning, she had a high heart rate again, but after a few hours, her heart stabilized.
However, about 2 days later she was having a fast heart rate, and she had to spend 2 days in the hospital again til her heart rate was brought under control. This time, the fast heart rate did not cause any further damage to her heart.
Does anyone have any knowledge about chemo causing heart problems?
Eventually, I think they may want to give her more chemo but I don’t know if her heart can handle it.
Any thoughts, advise, or opinions would be deeply appreciated.