Last updated: March 2022
In 2005, one year after I retired at age 63 I was going to bed and I started coughing. My wife said "why are you coughing like that" and I said maybe indigestion, she said no I'm calling 911.
What came next was a big suprise
So I went to the hospital and they checked me out and kept me overnight and I had a CT scan the next morning and had over 85% blockage in both coronary arteries. Had a double coronary bypass in May 2005. Moving along to July 2016 after an angiogram, had a stenosis of the aortic valve and had a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) and a noisy mitral valve.
Moving along to Oct. 2019 had a stent was placed in the RCA, the right carotid artery of the heart. Then while in rehab they noticed I developed PVC, premature ventricular contractions, extra heartbeats that begin in one of your heart's lower pumping chambers. These extra beats disrupt your regular rhythm and cause shortness of breath. At this time I'm fine but I tire easily and have no more drive like I used to, so I have really slowed down and taken it easy, BUT I'M LUCKY!
Have you ever avoided going to the doctor out of fear?