I have just learned that I have cardiomyopathy from chemotherapy for breast cancer. My EF is 41. This is a 30% decrease in LV function since a previous echo in the last 5 months.My oncologist is recommending that I take medication for this but I asked to be referred to a cardiologist who I haven't seen yet. What are my chances of a full recovery without medication? Will taking medication increase my likelihood of recovery? What are my risks if I do not take medication? I am 51 years old and had been active prior to treatment. I am working to get back in shape again. I was in a study using bevacizumab. In addition, I had the standard treatment Doxorubicin plus Cycloshosphamide (AC) and Paclitaxel.
You absolutely must see a cardiologist. I am not familiar with the treatment you are getting Probably this is why you were not so far seeing one cardiogolist, because you were under that treatment. But I would not even think about how to get a recovery without a medication. 41 % EF isn bad, but far from normal also, and that number could change to better or worst too, Most of us diagnosed with cardiomyopathy whatever the reason we have it: we started on coreg.. Coreg will make you feel worse before you feel better if you don’t have high B.P….. This is why very important having a good cardiologist who will get you to the target amount you need, or put you on whatever other additional medication. Trust in a cardiogolist. Hope one day cancer will have much more safe treatments than chemo therapy, it is a very sad thing that could happen to women in our time..
Good luck to you!
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.