Four months ago I underwent quad by-pass surgery at age 51. Prior to surgery, I had high cholesterol (290) even under medication (10mg). Since surgery, cholesterol level now down to 117 since increasing medication level to 40mg per day. I'm 6'1", and weighed 230 lbs prior to surgery. I'm now down to 198 lbs. Prior to surgery I exercised at a gym for 1 hour, three days a week. Now I'm exercising each day (min 30 min's) and have under taken a low fat, low cholesterol diet. Needless to say, a person wonders "how long do I have to live"? Granted there is no answer as to a day and year. According to my surgeon, he believes (from a cardio perspective) there is no reason for me to live into my eighties, with a 5% chance of needing another heart procedure (stent) and less than a 1% chance of another open heart procedure, as long as I continue exercise, maintain low fat/low cholesterol diet and keeping my cholesterol levels in check.
I'm just curious if my surgeon's statement is reasonable? View Thread