About Me: Female, 60, Cincinnati, OH, member since May 2012
On July 14, 2011, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I went through chemotherapy, radiation and herceptin therapy. I finished chemotherapy in December 2011. I finished radiation in February 2012. I continued with the herceptin therapy while getting echocardiogram test
[More]s every 3 months. My 3/29/12 echocardiogram showed that I had heart damage. I started seeing a cardiologist and on April 16, 2012, I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy due to the herceptin and started taking heart medicines immediately. I also had a nuclear stress test to see how much damage was done to my heart muscle. The 5/22/12 echocardiogram showed that I was in heart failure. My medicines were increased and I continued to exercise as there was talk about inserting a defibrillator. From July 10 - 14, I was hospitalized for Pulmonary Embolism. They found 2 tiny blood clots in my left lung. I went to the ER complaining of chest pain and shortness of breath. They did the doppler ultrasound in my left leg, feet, left arm and neck to determine if the clots came from my veins but the veins were clear. They also did a 2-D Echocardiogram to see if it came from the heart and that was clear. It showed that my EF was 40% so I am now back in cardiomyopathy. The blood clots in my lung came from the Tamoxifen (cancer medicine) which was discontinued immediately. I am now at home and on coumadin trying to regulate my theurapeutic level. I'll have my blood drawn on Thursday and let's hope that the level stays at 2.3.
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