By the time I had OHS, I had received several stents, been on medications, and had nearly finished cardio-rehab. I was feeling reasonably comfortable with my situation when my cardiologist concluded I needed the surgery. (A valve replacement, which turned out, once they opened me up to be a valve repair.) My PTP had said, "Look. You don't have to co this if you don't want." It was nice to recognize the option, but I had total confidence in my cardiologist (and less in my PTP). So I went ahead. It's been 8 ½ years, and I feel terrific.
There are, of course, no guarantees. You can discuss options with your doctor, talk to friends (medical and not), research risks and rewards yourself. (I am not someone who does much medical fgoogling myself), and make your decision.
I ought to add I was 69 at the time, free of other health problems, and in reasonably good shape.
Being nervous is reasonable. It's normal. It's may even be a good thing. But try to stay positive and focus on the good things in your life you will be able to more fully enjoy.
Good luck whatever you decide.
Co-author (with Adele Levin) of "I Will Keep You Alive: A Cardiovascular Romance"
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Cole,What was your surgery for? Must have been hard having to wait those two months. It has been helpful to talk to others who have gone through it, and pray daily about it. True, they do these surgeries daily. I'm glad you had recovered well. Thanks for your number.