Seen the thread name & had to stop in! Middle age.....lol!
DH went to hospital for an angiogram. 4 days later they cut his breastbone in 1/2, stopped his heart for almost an hour, removed veins from his leg, and preformed quadruple bypass surgery.
They told him if he didn't stop smoking, he might live 2 years maximum. If he did stop smoking, they said the bypass probably added 13 years to his life. I was 2 months pregnant with our daughter when he had surgery. She is 10 years old now.
He has not been able to overcome the addiction to cigarettes.
Not saying he doesn't have struggles. He applied for disability twice. State of Ohio said because he was only 42 years old when he had heart surgery, that he should make a "full recovery" & denied him social security both times. He tried to work, but had several more heart attacks. To sum it up, we decided to live a simple life. He tried to work, but it was killing him. You have to be your own advocate. He stays home, I work and some weeks, I barely make enough to pay for his meds.
Don't worry about statistics. You are not a number. I'll say a prayer for you today. Thanks for sharing your story. Hope I didn't bore you with mine:D