All went well today with my 6 month general checkup. I got my usual cholesterol lecture so I got out my life expectancy calculations from an insurance company site, and 5 year risk factor calc from the the American Heart and Lung site. Both showed only minor improvements if I modified my lipid panel to the recommended levels. So the good doc after failing to get anywhere with the "scientific" data tried the scare approach. Something like "Frank even with these numbers you don't want to be that 1 in a hundred that has a heart attack. How would you feel if that happened to you". I quietly (I was being nice) looked at him and said "I likely wouldn't feel anything for long and how would you feel if I was that 1 in 100 patients that had a serious reaction to the statins"? That pretty well ended the lecture.
I also showed him a printout of my ECG taken on my equipment. I could tell he was taken back at the detail in heart waveforms and pacing images.
We parted on friendly terms so no mushroom cloud. I would really like to get alone with him, but I am the type who takes charge of my own medical situation as long as I'm conscious.
Next week is phone check time on the pacemaker. I don't expect any surprises and am mostly interested in the battery life projections.
happy new year to all. Let's have fun next year.