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pupper, May 30,  2021  11:12am EST

Allergies, repeated Anaphylaxis, asthma--scared to take beta blockers could not tolerate other meds--anyone else like me? And advice?

Went to hosptial a few weeks ago and turned out I had an NSTEMI--heart attack w/no blockage. (had angiogram.) Echo showed 40-45% ejection fraction left part of heart. My last ECG about seven years ago showed 60%EJ. Cardio thinks I may have had a stress heart attack but admits some things really don't add up. Will get another echo in two months and see him in three. Meanwhile, I cannot take the losartin the discharging cardio gave me as it made my asthma worse and gave me laryngitis and a tight throat. I even went down to a quarter of a  tab--same side effects.  and I had to stop. (I am a slow/intermediate metabolizer of meds and due to allergies and other meds and interactions I have a narrow theraputic range of meds I can take) They wanted to give me beta blockers--the non-selective type that "some" asthmatics can take--but with my history I said no as I was scared becuase not only can it affect people like me but it can cause my epi-pen to become useless should I have a reaction or just "plain old" acute asthma or anaphylaxis. I asked my allergy/asthma doc about it and he said he's not a specialist in that and I should see a pulmonologist. Or I think maybe talk to a pharmacist? But my history is too severe. Any ideas? Any options?  Thank you for allowing me to vent even if no one has any ideas. 

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    AHAModerator, May 30,  2021  6:13pm EST

    Hello there, 

    Thank you for joining the Support Network and sharing your experience. I am sorry you are going through all this but glad you have found the support network. I hope you find a sense of community and advice here. As you wait to hear from others, here on some resources to read in the meantime: Cardiomyopathy, Heart Attack, and Ejection Fraction

    Please keep us updated on how you are doing!


    AHA Moderator

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