One of the biggest risks for those with carcinoid syndrome is carcinoid heart disease. Almost 60% of people with carcinoid syndrome may develop carcinoid heart disease. Less than 1/3 of those people will live longer than 3 years. What’s also important to know is that carcinoid heart disease often resembles the symptoms of heart failure.
Some signs and symptoms of carcinoid heart disease include:
It is important to have your doctor continue to monitor 5-HIAA levels. It’s also recommended that your doctor monitor you with an echocardiogram (ECG) for heart valve damage.