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  • Post #1
  • Tue Dec 18, 2018
Hi, I'm Betti

Is your doctor aware of it? After my 3rd infusion through a port my upper arm got really hot when the nurse was doing my BP. It was somewhat red and warm to the touch. It was felt that perhaps I had a blood clot in the arm but U/S was negative and they never figured why it occurred but
it didn’t happen again.

  • Post #2
  • Tue Dec 18, 2018
Hi, I'm Drew Boswell

When you say elevated heart rate, do you mean elevated during the chemo treatment specifically? Or do you mean that your heart rate is elevated all the time and that it coincides with the time you began chemo treatments?

Caveat: I only have my own experience and don’t know if it’s typical or not. Make sure your medical team knows about your particular issue.

My heart rate did increase during my cancer treatments. I had surgery, followed by radiation and chemotherapy. I am male and at the time I was 54 years old. My resting heart rate, as measured repeatedly both by me and by various doctors during appointments, went up over the time I was being treated from an average of around 55-60 bpm to well over 75 bpm.

At its worst, when I had lost a lot of weight, my heart rate would soar over 100 bpm just from walking across my bedroom. The constant stress of treatments is probably the reason for the increase in heart rate. Ask your medical team if such could be the case for you.

Now, two years out from treatment my heart rate has returned to normal. I am a committed hiker and runner, accustomed to measuring heart rate and other stats in connection with exercise. While my fitness is not back to my pre-cancer levels (not quite) I am running 6-8 miles three to four days a week and hiking 16-mile days in the mountains of North Georgia.

I tell you that not to brag, because it’s not good enough to brag about, but to point out that once you get through chemo/radiation, recovery is slow but can show you measurable improvements. Cancer treatment is probably the hardest and worst stress you will ever put on your body and it does affect you. Tell your medical team and question, question, question.


  • Post #3
  • Mon Dec 24, 2018
Hi, I'm Ruthe

I experienced my heart racing after I had my first chemo. Since I had a pacemaker put in a year before for afib my cardiologist was concerned so he discussed it with my oncologist and they decided to first try and reduce my heart meds 2 days before and one day after before adjusting the chemo meds. Glad to report my next three
chemo treatments went well with no racing heart by following the same meds treatment.

Hope all goes just as well for you.

  • Post #4
  • Mon Dec 24, 2018
Hi, I'm JOHN M.

The chemo drugs are designed to kill dividing cells, such as the cancer. When the bone marrow is making red blood cells the chemo drugs kill the red blood cells. This happened to me, blood transfusions helped a bit to fix the problem. Everyone is different, I just recount my experience.

  • Post #5
  • Tue Jan 1, 2019
Hi, I'm Yun

Racing heart generally means that your meta rate is too fast. Are you taking any iodine salt? Also, if you’re not sleeping well at night, you need to ask the doc for sleeping meds. I only underwent surgery but I did experienced racing heart post-op. I’m thinking that during the surgery, although they gave you the right amount of anesthesia to put you to sleep and make sure you woke up OK, that might still have affected your nervous system or your heart function to some extent. Just like some meds have side effects. What do you think?

  • Post #6
  • Tue Jan 1, 2019

I had racing heart levels not during my actual treatment but later in the day after I was back home. Happened several times & my oncologist sent me to a cardiac specialist. Pretty much determined it was the stress-even though I didn’t feel stressed out. I also cut out almost all my caffeine and after that I had no more serious problems. Even now after 7 years when I go in for my 6 months blood work & check ups my BP & heart rate is outrageously high. I think the smells and sounds must trigger a deep seated memory. LOL

  • Post #7
  • Mon Jan 7, 2019
Hi, I'm Lucy M.

After first Taxol/Herceptin infusion I had racing heart beat when I went to bed that night. I took my blood pressure and pulse rate. BP was fine, pulse rate was 104 at rest, not dangerous but still concerning and preventing sleep. I used some pulse rate reducing techniques and lowered the rate to below 100, but still too fast to sleep. After several hours, pulse normalized and it hasn’t happened again. Since I had baseline echo with normal results before starting Herceptin, my oncologist was not concerned.

  • Post #8
  • Tue Jan 8, 2019
I'm Julie B., and I'm a survivor of Stage 1 Breast Cancer

I have permanent heart failure due to my chemo. I kept telling the dr and nurses that I was tired and my heart was racing and skipping. My ejection fraction rate was 80% (80% is normal) before chemo and has dropped to 25%. I also developed Afib. so I have a pacemaker and defibrillator. Wonderful chemo!!! I was upset because my dr. said, oh well there was a 1% chance of that happening. I take 3 heart meds 2 times a day for the rest of my life.
I say all that to be sure and communicate with your dr. I may be nothing, but better save than sorry.

  • Post #9
  • Tue Jan 8, 2019
Hi, I'm Michele M T.

I have chemo induced cardiomyopathy…25% Ejection Fraction. Will forever have an icd.

  • Post #10
  • Sun Jan 13, 2019

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