In spite of years of good diet, exercise, and statins, it turned out that Dennis has a heart issue, one that requires a double bypass surgery, which will happen first thing Monday morning (Feb 24). It was difficult to interpret the symptoms as he didn’t "present” as a heart patient. He fortunately did not have a heart attack, which is the good news (and suggests lots of luck) and means he goes into surgery without being in a crisis mode!
After a series of test results returned indicating blockage in two arteries, the cardiologist tried to do an angioplasty and insert stents (Feb 11) but aborted it mid-procedure when she realized it was too difficult and involved some risk. He was waiting for his visit with a local surgeon when a recent stay at Cottage for problems tied to the blood pressure meds allowed him to have Dr Baay-that surgeon- (including 4 other docs!) consult with him at his bedside over 3 days. They revealed several options for solving the problem long-term, which is what he wants.
He’s a good candidate for bypass surgery. The fact that he’s otherwise healthy as well as athletic and trim will allow Dr Baay to do this “handiwork” efficiently.
According to one of those doctors, “the bypass surgery is as common as appendectomies used to be,” so let’s hope he’s right, that no issues emerge during the surgery, and that it all is resolved. The surgery should be about 4 or 5 hours and he should be in the hospital for about 5 days. He sends many thanks to all of his family, friends, and colleagues who want to be kept informed.