Risk of heart problems on chemo?

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Question from Helen: Dr. Weiss, I got CHF from chemo (AC). Why don't the oncologists tell you more about it during chemo? Now I am on lots of heart meds and my BP is so low.
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. Adriamycin chemotherapy is associated with a very low risk of heart problems. But even though the risk is low, if it affects you, it feels like 100 percent risk. Hopefully, the medications and other types of treatments can help keep your heart strong. Your doctors will probably encourage you to get your body in the best condition possible, to reduce the stress on your heart.

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