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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Suggest treatment for shortness of breath while climbing stairs and high cholesterol and BP

I m 66, reasonably fit, work in a school with floor floors, am apt to climb the stairs several times a day. Last set of stairs, takes a few seconds to catch my breath, but only slightly noticeablo. Used to smoke cigars, quit 5 years ago. High cholesterol (treated) but HDL is 55. Moderately high blood pressure (treated with lisinopril). My younger brother, 62, has coronary artery disease, but he has been obese for 20 years. Start to worry?
Mon, 8 Jun 2015
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Welcome to HCM.
I appreciate your concern for the shortness of breath on climbing the stairs.

I have gone through your problem diligently, I am of the opinion that you have angina on exertion (could be due to narrowing of the coronary arteries following fat deposition).

You need to consult a cardiologist for proper evaluation like ECG, Echocardiography, blood tests, etc.
In addition to medications like Nitrates and cholesterol lowering drugs, you should have some life style modifications as well like regular walking for about 45 minutes to reduce body weight, avoiding fatty meals like fast and junk foods, and taking vegetables and fruits.
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