straight up, you are wicked strong for someone that weighs 170. Well done. Best of luck with your BP. I look forward to following your progress. I'm in the same boat, trying to slim down and get it naturally lower over time.
I'm glad that I found out about my heart issues before anything got severe. A mild aneurysm is bad enough. I will miss the ego stroking from surprising people in the gym but I'll get over it.
Thanks for the well wishes. I hope we can both see another 30+ years.
Here's a pretty scary/sad case study of someone with an aortic dissection/tear:
survival of an Aortic dissection unheard of yet I had a good friend survive it a few years ago. He has had a lot of issues since that time; but he is alive. He is back to work. He is slowly getting active again. From memory, he have a mechanical flap placed into his left ventricle. Anytime his HR got over 120, you could hear the mechanical flap open and shut. He made a comeback in my sport; but suffered other health maladies that side tracked him. Pretty sure it was all related to the initial dissection.
30 years is likely pushing it for me. I would be happy with 20. Anything after that is a gift.
But yes, ego is now gone for me. I will never squat over 405 or deadlift over 600. Will never bench over 225. My only goal at this stage is to get back where I can do body weight pullups for a set of 20. And to be honest, that 405/600 is likely a bit high. At the moment, it's around 385/505 for comfortable sets of 5 to 10; saving a ton of reps in the tank.
Best of luck and stay strong as you can.