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“MM can cause cardiac comorbidities such as cardiomyopathy and heart failure caused by cardiac amyloidosis and/or anemia. Some of the treatments used in MM can also affect cardiovascular health…”
According to research, heart failure is both a multiple myeloma symptom and a multiple myeloma side effect. MM proteins can damage the heart in the same way that they can damage kidneys. Further, many chemotherapy regimens are cardiotoxic. Chemotherapy itself can also damage the patient’s heart.
As if those two reasons weren’t enough for newly diagnosed MM patients, multiple myeloma often occurs in people over the age of 70. This population that often demonstrates existing heart failure.
I was diagnosed with early stage MM in 2/94. I underwent induction chemotherapy, high-dose cytotoxin and an autologous stem cell transplant all in 1995. I underwent heart diagnostic testing midway through 1995 and received a clean bill of health.
In late 2010 I developed chronic atrial fibrillation (Afib) and chemotherapy-induced cardiomyopathy (CIC). My experience demontrates that severe heart damage, Afib and CIC, can take years to become apparent, years to manifest itself.
Clearly heart failure can be a serious health challenge for MM patients. What’s the solution? Just like the other MM symptom, side effect challenges to a patients bones, kidneys and blood, it is critical for MM patients to continually undergo evidence-based but non-toxic heart health therapies.
As the top study below explains, conventional oncology may not understand the seriousness of heart damage as MM symptom and MM side effect. Your oncologist is only as good as the information he/she reads.
It is up to you, the MM patient to understand the need for and benefit of both conventional and non-toxic, non-conventional therapies.
Those health challenges that are both MM symptoms and side effects are difficult to understand and treat. If you have any questions about your heart, kidney, bone or blood health, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.
Hang in there,
“An important goal of early-phase clinical trials is to discover a drug’s possible side effects. But despite FDA guidelines seeking to standardize this reporting, a University of Colorado Cancer Center study finds significant variation in how drug side effects are reported, potentially making some drugs seem safer or less safe than they really are…
“Sometimes you only report an adverse event that happens in, say, 10 percent or more of patients on a trial. However, if you split related side-effects into lots of little sub-groups, perhaps no one event reaches this 10 percent threshold and nothing gets reported…”
What the group found was wide-ranging variation in the ways trial investigators report drug side effects…
Additionally, patients are supposed to report all symptoms when they are on a clinical trial andthen it’s up to trial investigators to decide, in their opinion, whether a symptom is likely due to the drug or just happens to be another symptom the patient is experiencing at the time.
“Determining if a side effect is treatment-related or not is subjective. If you rely on this, you get rid of some of the background noise of coincidental symptoms. However, you can also miss more subtle side effects,” Simons says…
“Given the increased speed of drug licensing, early phase trial data is essential in helping us form accurate impressions of a new drug. Recognizing and addressing the variation in how side effects are reported would improve the accuracy of these impressions in the future,”Simons says.”
“Multiple myeloma (MM) is a plasma cell malignancy that accounts for 10% of hematological cancers. It predominantly affects elderly people; median age at diagnosis is 70 years. Consequently, many patients with MM have cardiovascular comorbidities or risk factors.
MM can cause cardiac comorbidities such as cardiomyopathy and heart failure caused by cardiac amyloidosis and/or anemia. Some of the treatments used in MM can also affect cardiovascular health…
In this review, we survey the cardiac complications commonly reported in patients with MM…
During the course of their disease, patients with MM are usually exposed to several treatments, often in combination, that may each increase the risk of cardiovascular adverse events (AEs). As a consequence, assessing cardiovascular risk and controlling cardiovascular complications are becoming integral to the routine management of patients with MM...
Due in part to the rapidly evolving treatment landscape, up-to-date real-world evidence on safety in patients with MM is limited…
Furthermore, MM is a heterogeneous disease with considerable variation in presentation and comorbidities, making comparisons between clinical trials in patients with MM particularly difficult...
MM is associated with a specific set of clinical manifestations often referred to as the CRAB features (elevated calcium levels, renal insufficiency, anemia, and bone lesions)37, some of which can also increase the risk of cardiovascular comorbidities.
A study from the USA found that 63% of individuals newly diagnosed with MM had a history of cardiac events4; and pooled European data from six randomized trials showed that 69% of patients with MM had cardiovascular comorbidities at diagnosis44…
Consequently, cardiac dysfunction may occur if protein homeostasis is not maintained, potentially leading to heart failure64. Furthermore, evidence suggests that the ubiquitin–proteasome system is dysfunctional during myocardial ischemia.
Experiments in transgenic mice have demonstrated that proteasome inhibition in cardiac myocytes contributed to the development of heart failure during systolic overload65, and it is postulated that the degree of cardiac injury may be correlated to the level of proteasome inhibition64.