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While I live with a dozen or so long-term and late stage side effects from my chemo and radiation therapies during my active treatment in ’95-’97, it is my heart disease, my chemotherapy-induced Cardiomyopathy (CIC) combined with my atrial fibrillation (Afib) that present the most dramatic daily challenges to me.
Cardiotoxic chemotherapies, listed below, causing Afib 15 years after active therapy is my definition of a late stage side effect.
In order to address my mantra “I wish I knew then what I know now” this post will define chemotherapy-induce atrial fibrillation, and discuss possible therapies shown to heal or at least stabilize Afib.
The issue is to determine 1) what health risks are caused by Afib, and 2) what therapies will heal or at least stabilize Afib.
I was talking to a nurse when I had just been diagnosed with chronic Afib. When she stated “lots of people live their entire lives with afib without medication,”I decided, right then and there, not to live a life of heart medications including:
Calcium channel blockers,
My previous experiences with toxic therapies taught me that allFDA approved medications come at a “quality-of-life” price. I read hundreds of online group posts of cardiomyopathy survivors complaining of the side effects of their medications. My cancer survivor experience has taught me that if I can avoid toxic therapies then I will live a better (QOL), longer life.
The key was to figure out my risks of living with chronic Afib (stroke) and to research evidence-based, non-toxic therapies proven to reduce those risks.
The blog posts linked and excerpted below represent 6 of my most comprehensive posts about my Afib.
Benefit of this therapy?
When I underwent my induction therapy of Vincristine, Adriamycin and Dexamethasone (VAD), there was about a 67% response rate- partial, complete. I was was a partial response. At the time (1995), this was standard induction therapy for MM. Knowing what I know now, I have a difficult time understanding why my oncologist prescribed such a damaging chemo cocktail that provided a partial response bringing me little if any extra life.
I feel the same way about melphalan, busulfan and cytoxan. Incredibly cardio-toxic chemotherapy regimens. I just don’t get why conventional oncology prescribes these destructive therapies.
Alternatives to these therapies?
From diagnosis of full multiple myeloma in 2/95 to being told I was “end-stage” in 9/97, I lived for 31 months. Assuming I would live for another 6-12 months in “end-stage” MM, I estimate I would live with aggressive, conventional treatments for about 43 months.
I know I’m biased but I have a difficult time thinking that aggressive, conventional therapies lengthened my life much, if at all. Possible alternative therapies to cardio-toxic chemotherapy then, would be all of the anti-MM supplements listed in the MM CC supplementation guide and all of the non-conventional therapies in that guide.
Therapies to reduce my risk of stroke?
This is the important section of this post. There are many evidence-based but non-toxic therapies proven to reduce my risk stroke.
“Several million older Americans have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, the abnormal heart rhythm abbreviated as A-fib, because they experienced symptoms such as palpitations, dizziness, and shortness of breath…
Yet many others may have the heart condition without realizing it, raising their risk of stroke,..
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 9 percent of people age 65 and up have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation…
Patients with atrial fibrillation are typically counseled to take blood-thinning medications called anticoagulants. That is because during an episode of A-fib, the patient’s blood may stagnate and form a dangerous clot, leading to a stroke.
“To quote the top article linked below, “the clinical composite response was unchanged in 50% but actually worsened in 16%; and 35% had a reduction in left ventricular (LV) end-systolic volume of 15% while 9% had LV volumes actually increased by >15%.4.”
“As a person living with cardiomyopathy, my take on that statement is that the people who die of SCD have a sicker heart on average than other heart failure patients. No magic here, just statistical analysis of a group of afib patients who die for cardiovascular reasons who have weak hearts.
The bottom line, as I see it, is that yes, afib patients have an increased risk of sudden cardiac death. But the degree or size of this risk is largely based on how sick your heart it. Yes, afib means your heart is sick. But it could be worse…”
“…greens turned out to be associated with the strongest protection against major chronic diseases, including a 20% reduction of stroke for every additional serving.”
I live with an increased risk of stroke. I have chronic atrial fibrillation. Being a bit handicapped I am somewhat sedentary during my day. I try to make up for these two increased stroke risks (afib and sedentary lifestyle) by eating foods and taking supplements that will reduce my stroke risk. Or, to put it differently, I’m looking for relatively easy therapies to reduce my stroke risk. “Easy” might be the wrong word but I hope you understand my thinking…
I have AFIB caused by idarubicin, my first dose of chemo for my APL leukemia. I’m 6 years in remission but still dealing with this horrible “side effect”. They want me to take xarelto or Eliquis but the side effects of either one of those could be disastrous. In your opinion would a vegan diet be better than a Mediterranean diet? I appreciate any ideas you have on this. Thanks for what you’re doing because yours is the first group that I’ve seen that is talking about this. 🙂Reply