|Updated: 10/08/2013 5:23 pm
||Published: 10/08/2013 10:32 am
Sen. Jim Inhofe is recovering from quadruple bypass surgery.
Inhofe said he had no symptoms, his doctor found the heart blockages during a routine colonoscopy, and he had four-way bypass surgery in Tulsa on Friday.
"Two of my arteries were 100 percent closed, two of them were 90 percent close. They sent me right to the table and I had my surgery," Inhofe told FOX23 over the phone from while he's recovering.
FOX23 did some digging, and found in many cases victims don't have crippling chest pain or shortness of breath. Heart disease can be a silent killer.
"I didn't have any symptoms, and they said if I had waited, I wouldn't be around for this interview," he said.
Dr. Michael Spain is the director of St. Francis Heart Hospital. He's also president of the board of the American Heart Association in Tulsa.
"We (Oklahomans) smoke more than the average, we have higher diabetes rates, we have much more obesity, so we have a lot more heart disease," he said.
In some cases, what puts you at risk is something you can't control.
"Of course, genetics do play a role, but there's still a lot we can do through maintenance of a healthy weight, healthy diet, blood pressure, blood sugar," he said.
Inhofe sounded remarkably high-energy, just four days after having his chest opened up. He said he will be making some changes to his diet.
"I've always, my wife is listening to me now smiling, because I do eat ice cream and a lot of cookies and sweet things, and that's habit, and I will be changing that," he said.
Inhofe said as soon as doctors say he can get on the plane, he'll fly back to Washington to continue fighting to protect Oklahomans' freedoms.