I had mitral-valve-repair surgery, but otherwise am in excellent health. My mother, however, died of congestive heart
disease at 56, and two grandparents on her side died of it too, although they were in their 70s. My question for you, or others, is: if your Cholesterol and high blood pressured are being controlled, but once were high, do they still count as risk factors? If so, then I'm at risk. If not, then, despite my surgery, I'm not at risk.