Wednesday, March 23, 2005

California Here I Come

Well, this June will mark a year of treating my coronary artery disease and hypertension with Dr. Wayne's medical regimen. I am so grateful I decided to get a second opinion when in May of 2004, I was told by a cardiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon at Indiana Heart Hospital that I needed an immediate quintuple coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). Instead of getting my chest cracked open and the trauma of dangerous, potentially life-taking major surgery and spending months in rehab trying to recover from unnecessary surgery, I have had a productive, active and satisfactory life.

My blood pressure runs between 88/56 and 100/62 while at rest. Side effects from this lower than normal BP are few and very transient. I have experienced exactly one episode of angina that lasted approximately ten minutes and stopped about five minutes after I began resting during a brisk walk in cold weather. I have had absolutely no shortness of breath or other symptoms since before June 6 2004.

I am returning to San Diego on June 29 for a follow-up appointent with Dr. Wayne. I am looking forward to seeing this man who literally let me live the good life.