I knew going into the clinical trial there was an increased risk of heart damage. It was a decision I made based on research and listening to my own heart. The first 8 months my heart did well. We had 3 eco's done and my last one in October my heart was perfect. I started back up on the Herceptin January 2nd. Herceptin fights the her2 gene and is taken for a year. Ever since that January 2nd, I have been having heart palpitations. Many times throughout the day my heart feels like it's pounding out of my chest and starts racing. This has caused concern for heart damage so I have to have it tested again and then monitored for 24 hours.
My dad had heart damage. He passed waiting for a heart replacement because his heart was so weak. I watched him struggle with this since I was 16. As I got older and understood more of what was happening with my dad I made sure to take care of myself better. I worked out everyday, ate healthy, had quit smoking and drinking, cut red meat, pork and carbs out of my diet because I didn't want to go through what I saw my dad going through. Later in life I incorporated some of these things back into my life in moderation. Sometimes more often than others. But now here I am having the same concerns my dad had.
I have also read if your family has a history of heart damage, which mine does, you're at a higher risk and the younger the sibling you are, the higher the risk. So I'm the youngest, that makes me the higher risk of my siblings. I still don't know if that's true but I read it in a statistic and think about it.
So has my heart been damaged? I hope not! I'll keep you posted what the results are.