Hi - my heart history is an emergency 5 way bypass in Seattle USA in March 2006 followed by 4 stents back in Australia in November 2006 all at age 48. In August last year (2017) I had another 3 way bypass at age 59. I have strong family history and had a high stress career with elevated cholesterol. I've never smoked or drank and as an ex-RAAF officer kept fit. I have been told by my cardiologist and surgeon back in Oz that the 4 stents and second bypass op were caused by the endoscopic vein harvesting (EVH) technique used in Seattle. There was a major metadata study on this in 2009 if you are interested. I have been vegan/vegetarian since my first 5 way bypass, have run several half-marathons and a marathon, qualified as a fitness instructor, cycle instructor and bodybuilding coach. I also volunteer at cardiac rehab, producing education materials and giving lectures, and volunteer with our National Heart Foundation.
Having 8 bypass grafts and 4 stents in my chest is a bit daunting and I also suffer from dystonia and diverticulitis but when I'm deadlifting 90kg in the gym, or bushwalking with my wife, I forget all about it. Exercise provides me with the mental relief I need.