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My dad seems to be depressed and worried. Has heart attack and 2 open heart surgeries

Can a doctor or anyone with knowledge tell me the life expectancy of my father? My dad is 52 years old. He had his first heart attack of 3 - 9 years ago. He is still very active although he has had 2 open heart surgeries (6 bipasses) a diffibrillator (sp?) has bradycardia. He pumps 19. He asks his doctor all the time what his life expectancy is because of such a low number. His dr replies, I treat patients... not numbers . I respect that am grateful for his response. But just the other night I took my dad to the ER because of problems he was having the ER doctor told him that she gives him less than a year. My dad did ask but she shouldn t have told him that. After all... it was her first time seeing him. Now my dad is depressed more than he was is worried even more that his time is near. He s always been aware that his life will end sooner than most but now it s more of a reality. I ve tried looking on the internet but am not very good at it. Can someone please tell me what the statistics are for someone in my dad s conditition? Thank you!
Asked On : Sat, 19 Dec 2009
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as a medical doctor , nobody can determine the length one has to live, I don't believe in telling patients the length of time they have to live because it puts them in a frenzy that is not right. In my opinion the ER doctor is not a cardiologist and she doesn't know as much as the cardiologist. I have great faith in the Dr. that he sees now. Don't let this doctor put things in your head that is false. My opinion is to live life and enjoy regardless what the circumstances are. The reason why I say this is because you say that he is very active and tell him to continue to be active, this is good for his heart, not to worry and to enjoy life. I've seen the patients of my husband bounce back from this. Your father is a young man who has a very caring, loving, daughter and a supportive family and that what counts. The man upstairs has a plan and he knows when people on this earth come and go. Not a doctor. The most important thing are not the stats, but love, support, and hope and joy your family brings to his life everyday and that's what counts. :O)
Answered: Sun, 20 Dec 2009
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