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What steps can I take to help reduce my risk of developing cardiotoxicity?

There is no way to know for sure who might develop heart problems from 5-fluorouracil (5FU) chemotherapy. However, people who already have heart risk factors or coronary artery disease — or both — have a higher likelihood of cardiotoxicity. During cancer treatment and for your overall health, it's a good idea to follow heart-healthy behaviors.

CardioSmart has more resources about how to eat better, move more, or stop smoking.

Blood Pressure

Blood pressure control is important during your cancer treatment and for your overall health. Your goal for blood pressure depends on your age and other health problems. Your blood pressure will be checked at every visit during your treatment.

If you are concerned that your blood pressure is too high or too low, you may want to check your blood pressure at home and bring those readings to your health visits.

The medications to treat 5FU or capecitabine cardiotoxicity are also ones that can affect your blood pressure. 

  • Last Edited 03/15/2023