thanks for your health concerns. Compared to healthy age matched controls, patients with coronary artery
disease tend to have a lower life expectancy, but each patient is individual. Indeed, once you have coronary artery disease you will continue to do so the rest of your life, and all the medications and interventions you are doing are geared to secondary prevention, meaning to slow progression or deterioration of arterial disease. Furthermore, vein grafts are subject to deterioration in the first 10-15 years, and obstructions in these new conduits can give symptoms. Nevertheless, patients after bypass many times really dedicate themselves to a healthy lifetsyle with good medication regimen, and lead a normal, plentiful life.
Dr Brenes-Salazar MD
Mayo Clinic MN