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heart murmur and chemotherapy

Posted By Theresa on November 21, 1998 at 14:59:55:







I am a 37-year-old woman and have been undergoing chemotherapy (taxol and carboplatin) for ovarian cancer since August of this year.  About a month ago I developed chronic symptoms of chest tightness and shortness of breath; I saw both a pulmonary specialist and a cardiologist who felt certain that these symptoms were anxiety-related (chest X-ray, cardiogram, etc. were all completely normal).  In the process, the cardiologist detected a slight (grade 2) heart murmur (never diagnosed before), which he said could be related to the chemo and might disappear when my treatments are over.  He suggested an echocardiogram if I want to pursue the matter further.  Have you ever heard of these chemotherapy agents causing heart murmur? How does it happen? Should I worry about it?  It seems like every other person I know has been told they have a heart murmur.
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