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Hi,

I am a 47 year old male. I had a Quad bypass surgery 4 month ago. I am currently taking 40 mg Lipitor, 325 mg Aspirin, 12.5 mg Metoprplol and 2.5 mg Lisinopril.

The only risk factor I had was hi Cholesterol. I have changed my diet tremendously. As a result in combination with my medication my LDL has dropped to 75. My HDL also dropped to 27 from 39. My doctor is worried about my HDL being too low.  I also exercise by walking 4.5 miles in 80 minutes 6 days a week.

I have few questions to ask,

1.  How can I raise my HDL without more medication?

2. Is it possible to get off all the medication without having risks?

3. I played soccer regularly before the surgery and my doctor has said I can play soccer again and even play harder than before. Is it necessary to do a stress test before starting playing soccer again?

4. What are the risks to my heart if I start playing soccer and play hard?

5. I also get lightheaded only after i getup from lying down position which I didn't have before surgery. Can this be due to the medication?

Thanks,

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Exercise can raise your hdl, ask the doc about vytorin instead of lipitor, it will drop your ldl more than lipitor. The blood pressure meds can make you light headed just as you describe, that will go away after a bit of time.
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