I am a 31 yr old previously active male diagnosed in September with dialated idiopathic mc after I contracted mononucleosis. After being treated for about a month with Coreg 3.125 bid, vasotec, and lanoxin my second echo showed improvements and my EF is 40-50%. I still have bad days where I am weak and It does feel like I am having PVCs at times. My Dr. did not order a stress test or any other test although I am having a halter monitor put on today. Unfortunately at the same time my respiratory allergies are terrible and I have been getting shots for about 6 months. My questions are:
a. Is it ok to continue being injected with allergy shots as cm is an autoimmune disorder?
b. My MD told me to refrain from exercise or any strenuous activity but I have been reading that exercise may be helpful. Is it ok for me to go for brisk walks or being weight training again (nothing extreme)?
c. Do you think there are better meds or maybe upping my dose of Coreg? My cardiologist didn't even put me on it, it was actually my family MD (which makes me suspicious of my cardiologist who I don't think has any experience treating this).
I do have an appointment with Univ of Penn but not until Dec 15th.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Michael
I assume you are talking about allergy shots given by a medical doctor (allergist). Probably the allergy shots are OK, but no one would be able to answer this question definitively.
I would refrain from any heavy exertion for the time being also. You are right, exercise is good for strengthening the heart and body and is useful in cases of chronic heart failure. However, you are probably still recovering from the infection, so right now wouldn't be the time to adopt a vigorous exercise routine.
It sounds like you are on reasonable medications and your heart does seem to be improving. Increasing the doses might be reasonable, but would depend on your blood pressure.
You are going to a great medical center and they should be able to help you.
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