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My name is Fiona and I was diagnosed with Heart Failure in September 2016. My left ventricle was working at 17% and with medication is now at 23%. I had just had my 61st birthday. The cardiologists feel it has been caused by the chemotherapy treatment I had after being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 48. I live in Berkshire with my husband and our menagerie.

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Hi Fiona. Welcome. This is a great site for support and sharing. I have found it really supportive even though I never got round to introducing myself! It’s good to chat with people who understand some of the issues. Take care and look after yourself. Zena

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Hi Fiona, sorry to hear about your heart failure, I had chemo when I was 12 through to 14 and now I'm 52 and was diagnosed with heart failure about 3 years ago and they put it down to the chemo, it is an unfortunate thing that it can come back and haunt us. best wishes.

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Hello Fiona, I saw one of your posts and noticed we have a similar diagnosis. I too have hf that I've been told was caused by chemo. I had this twice, for breast cancer, in 2001 and 2006. My hf was diagnosed 2 years ago. I'm now 57. My hf was quite bad by the time I was diagnosed but I'm just taking medication atm and had improved it to 40% about a year ago. I hope that you're feeling better now and it's under control! I've seen a few people on here who have had chemo too. Sometimes I think it's hard to work out when I'm tired, as to whether it's HF or age!!

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