Too many questions, too many levels to navigate. Our doctors tell me I'm younger than my chronological age, and that my husband is medically younger, too - we'll go with that.
I had a blood flow study done a few months ago, with an echocardiogram and other analysis of my blood vessels. I was told I have the circulation of an average guy who's 30 years younger than me. No blood vessel narrowing, no plaque build up, no nuttin'.
My heart efficiency's as good as any can be, too, no enlargement, perfect. And the blood flow in my carotid arteries, tested individually, is supplying my brain as well as a youngster could expect, with no sign of potential narrowing or clotting.
I've now stopped carrying the nitro tablets the VA doctors said I needed back about 13 years ago, when they thought I had some heart oxygen deficiency. All subsequent studies by (competent) cardiologists outside the VA have failed to find the same results.
I was asked if I'd been an athlete during my life. Well, not professionally, I said. Just Army service for 25 years, taught college phy ed gym classes for years, avid tennis player in my youth, long distance bicyclist since age 13, swimmer, outdoorsman, still golf, only slowed down in recent years by my physical mobility limitations due to bone joint problems.
Well, that history shows in these tests, I was told. "You're gonna live to be over 100." A good reason to stay in shape, Real Jocks!
My husband's been told the same thing. To which, sitting beside him, I asked: "Doctor, you're saying he's gonna live to be 120? Can I have a second opinion?" Of course I got smacked, right in front of the laughing doctor.