Can cancer chemotherapy contribute to heart failure?

Yes. Many types of chemotherapy can damage the heart. The risk is higher if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or pre-existing heart problems. Doxorubicin (adriamycin), Idarubicin and Cyclophosphamide (cytoxan) are chemotherapies that are particularly hard on the heart. Trastusumab (herceptin), a monoclonal antibody given for breast cancer, can also damage the heart.
Yes. Though chemotherapy may have heart toxicity, the medical oncologist may still decide to use the necessary drugs for a patient. Each cancer has chemotherapy that works best and may be necessary. However with good evaluation of the heart with a cardiologist and echocardiogram, the oncologist can temper the dose if needed. If the heart is already borderline then other drugs are used.

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I have extra genetic mutations for breast cancer & heart failure What's the likelihood that these genes will turn on & can I use diet to keep them off?

Complex genetics. Recommendations on gene mutations are best given by a medical geneticist, who needs a detailed understanding of the exact test that you had done and the detailed results. Many gene mutations cause a loss of function so you don't necessarily want to turn off the mutated gene. Modern genetics is discovering many genetic markers that convey only small risk of disease, and may require no treatment. Read more...

My dad takes sutent (sunitinib) for stage 4 kidney cancer & also has congestive heart failure. What meds can he take for it?

See your doctor. Congestive heart failure is usually treated with diuretics and other medications tailored to your situation. The advice of your internist oncologist, or cardiologist with respect to treatment would be best in this situation. Read more...

My mother, 84 yrs. Has one kidney working 30%. She has congestive heart failure and inoperaple liver cancer. How long, in your opinion, will she live?

CHF & Cancer. Patients with congestive heart failure and an advanced liver cancer together are, on average, predicted to succumb to their diseases in 6-12 months or less. The more immediate problem of what sounds like impending kidney failure in your mother, unless she opts for dialysis, will probably supervene before the heart and cancer problems take their toll. Read more...

What do you suggest if my father takes sutent (sunitinib) for stage 4 kidney cancer & also has congestive heart failure. Any meds he can take for it?

Several. This would best require a visit with a cardiologist, to review all his meds. It seems that beta blockers and diuretics would be ok with this protein kinase inhibitor. Read more...
Be careful. Advanced cancer of the kidney is hard to deal with. There is little to do although the sutent (sunitinib) is sometimes helpful. It will not cure it but can slow it down. You however need to talk to the doctor who prescribed as this can exacerbate the heart failure. The pt may want to continue the drug despite the CHF. This has to be decided by pt and physician weighing the benefits. Diuretics and b blockers. Read more...

What are factors that contribute to heart failure?

Heart failure. Probably the 2 major conditions that contribute to the development of heart failure are high blood pressure and diabetes. Both of these conditions can have a direct, detrimental effect on the heart or cause heart failure through the development of coronary artery disease. At least 75% of people with heart failure in United States have a history of high blood pressure. Read more...

Can stress contribute to my heart failure?

Yes! Stress is the result of internal conflict, the non-specific sympathetic reaction to thoughts and mental images that your limbic system thinks is dangerous. In the vain attempt at fight or flight the heart is overloaded. Learn to relax! letting go of stress is vital (drmiller.Com). Balance this with healthy exercise. Live in the present, practice gratitude, and be happy with the beauty of the world. Read more...
Yes . Too much stress can reduce well being. Energy that you may need to make your heart healthy, goes into dealing with stress, instead. Managing stress is a key factor in reducing risk of heart disease. A stress management class, self-help reading, or counseling can help. Read more...

What're the reasons contributing to my increasing heart failure?

Salt, wrong meds. Heart failure can get worse with inappropriate salt intake, poor blood pressure and heart rate control and any new stress on the heart which could be a heart attack, pain, infections. Worsening kidney function can contribute. If you are experiencing worsening heart failure you should see your cardiologist asap. Read more...