Ben - Cardiac Bypass Surgery
"A routine medical check for work saved my life!"
At the age of 43, Ben Politzer never experienced any symptoms of heart disease. However, he did have risk factors including:
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Being overweight
- A family history of heart disease
As part of his work contract, Ben was required to have a routine medical check up every 2 years. In 2001, his check up showed that he had significant coronary artery disease that required cardiac bypass surgery.
Following discharge from hospital, Ben attended the 6 week St Vincent's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Since the, Ben has been regularly attending the Phase 3 maintenance exercise classes as a way of "checking in and staying motivated".
As part of Ben's management plan, he has blood tests and visits his cardiologist every 6 months for a check up.
Congratulations Ben for remaining committed to your heart health for so long. Keep up the great work!