Can multiple myeloma affect the heart?
Multiple myeloma, and more commonly its treatments, can have cardiac implications. The disease itself can lead to amyloidosis, where abnormal protein deposits form in organs, including the heart, potentially affecting its function. Some treatments for myeloma, especially certain chemotherapy drugs and proteasome inhibitors, can have cardiotoxic effects. These effects range from mild (like hypertension) to more severe (like heart failure). Regular cardiac monitoring is essential for patients undergoing treatment to promptly detect and manage potential cardiac complications. It’s crucial for patients to discuss any cardiovascular concerns with their healthcare providers.