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10/4/2017Had dense dose AC x 4 and dose dense paclitaxel x 4. Three echos: pre-chemo, mid-chemo and post-chemo (last was 8 months ago.) Echo LV mass, LA volume, LV Doppler, TR max measurements all rose 20% from baseline to mid and post-echos, although still within normal range. E/E med doubled between pre and post-echos. But ejection fraction remained stable at 64-65% across all three. Recently finished radiation, including SC and IM nodes (left breast, with breath hold.) No symptoms but recent ECG printout said LV hypertrophy. Honestly, don't think cardiologist looked at trends, only that echos were all in normal range. Am I okay, or should I be seeking a second opinion? Wondering if I should be on meds to help prevent remodeling.
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10/5/2017Seek a second opinion with a cardiologist to evaluate all your records.

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