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CoQ10 (coenzyme Q 10) ubiquinone for chemo-induced heart damage

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Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a lipid-soluble antioxidant that may protect against mitochondrial ROS, and thus prevent chemo-induced heart damage

Chemo-induced heart damage is a common side effect of adriamycin and cytotoxan, two of my chemotherapy drugs. I developed the late-stage side effect of permanent or chronic atrial fibrillation (A Fib) in 11/10. I wish I had known about CoQ10 at the time of my aggressive chemotherapy…

My symptoms include shortness of breath and I get tired and nap most days. My real fear is not knowing what will happen to me/my heart as I age. In other words, I have the daily reminder that my heart doesn’t work well and may be weakening.

I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2/94 at the age of 34.  I underwent aggressive therapy beginning with surgery to remove the lesion followed by induction therapy, and an autologous stem cell transplant in 12/95.

I have supplemented with Coq10 Doctor’s Best High Absorption CoQ10 with BioPerine, Gluten Free, Naturally Fermented, Heart Health, Energy Production since 2011.

If you are a newly diagnosed cancer patient and if you have not yet begun active therapy the key issue to consider is:

  • will you undergo one or more therapies that may cause heart damage?
  • should you consider Coq10 supplementation before, during and/or after your chemotherapies?

Have you been diagnosed with cancer? What type? What stage? If you would like to ask questions about your treatment or  Coq10 supplementation scroll down the page post a question and I will reply ASAP.

thank you

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Coenzyme Q10 Therapy

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Efficacy of Coenzyme Q10 for Improved Tolerability of Cancer Treatments: A Systematic Review

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” However, 3-20% of breast cancer patients develop chronic cardiomyopathic changes and congestive heart failure due to doxorubicin therapy. Doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity is thought to be due to increased generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) within cardiac myocyte mitochondria. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a lipid-soluble antioxidant that may protect against mitochondrial ROS, and thus prevent doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity…”

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