From Skydiving to Woodcarving: Heart Patient, 90, Doesn't Let His Age Keep Him Down - Cardiology Associates of Michigan - Michigan's Best Heart Doctors
For his 90th birthday, Charles K. of Eastpointe went skydiving. Seventeen years ago, he had open heart surgery through Cardiology Associates of Michigan.

From Skydiving to Woodcarving: Heart Patient, 90, Doesn’t Let His Age Keep Him Down

On June 30, 2018, he finally accomplished something he’s always wanted to do: skydiving.

He owns and maintains his own 25-acre farm and recently bought a new tractor that he will use to mow the 8-acre lawn.

He compassionately carves decorative wooden houses and comfort crosses for Hospice of Michigan.

He has enjoyed setting up the Christmas tree at his church every year for the past five years, and he volunteers during the church’s fish fry events.

Three times a week for the past 17 years, he has begun his workout routine by 6:30 a.m., which consists of 15 minutes on an elliptical, 15 minutes on a rowing machine, 15 minutes on a treadmill, 15 minutes on the NuStep, and 15 minutes on a stationary bicycle, followed by another 15 minutes of weight training.

So who is this absolutely spectacular, energetic, charming, delightful man?

He’s none other than 90-year-old heart patient Charles K. of Eastpointe.

One may find it amazing that this same man, who drove his son back home to Virginia just this year, underwent open-heart surgery 17 years ago. He has continued with the recommended cardiac therapy regimen under the direction of Dr. Michael Castillo through Cardiology Associates of Michigan, and he hasn’t had a single significant health problem ever since.

“I don’t let my age stop me from doing anything,” Charles said.

In fact, for his 90th birthday, he and his son went skydiving in Suffolk, Virginia, and Charles took the jump from 2 1/2 miles high in the sky first.

“He told me to go first,” Charles said, jokingly. “He said, ‘If you wouldn’t have went, I wouldn’t have went.’ I made him go.”

So what did he think of the experience?

“It was fun and easy,” Charles said. “First chance we get, we will go again.”

During his career, he was a powerhouse engineer for multiple schools within the Detroit Public Schools for 40 years. He and his wife, who died of lung cancer four years ago, have two grown children. His son lives in Virginia Beach, and his daughter resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Charles regularly travels to visit them.

Today, Charles feels like he can do things that people half his age cannot, and he is grateful to his internist as well as Dr. Castillo and the entire Cardiology Associates of Michigan staff for his exceptional quality of life.



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