|Hep C and exercise
Sep 2, 2006
My question is regarding high intensity cardio training. I do a 45-minute treadmill workout 3 times a week. I maintain a heart rate of 160 to 170 BPM. I am comfortable with this routine and I do not feel worn out doing it. In fact, I feel like I could do a more intense routine but that puts my heart rate up too high. I do get paranoid sometimes that the increase in blood pressure during my workout may be bad for portal hypertension (which I do not even know if I have). I frequently feel "mild, itching discomfort" beneath my ribcage on the right side in the middle-side of my abdomen and I can't help but wonder if that is a warning sign. Also, I take a protein supplement (25 g of whey protein) and a multivitamin before each workout. I have heard that protein as well as various vitamins and minerals can be bad for hep c. My primary care doctor doesn't seem to have any answers, can you help?
| Response from Dr. McGovern
It is great that you are so "fit" and exercise. I doubt you could do this if you did have portal hypertension. Those patients do not feel well and are extraordinarily fatigued.
As for vitamins, etc, I think a multivitamin a day is reasonable. Protein overload is not a good idea in patients with cirrhosis. Some patients take anti-oxidants like vitamin E, although the data on their benefit have not been fully investigated.
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