How can chemotherapy affect your heart?

Certain chemotherapy drugs can damage cells in your heart. Chemotherapy may also increase your odds of having heart problems, such as:

If your doctor plans to give you a medication that could affect your heart, he may ask you to get tests that monitor how well your ticker works.

  • Weakening of the heart muscle (cardiomyopathy)
  • Problems with your heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
  • Heart attack

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