I am on medicaire: I need an aorta valve replacement ASAP. my cardiologist and surgeon both say I cannot have the less invasive catheter surgery as I am too young @ 65 and too healthy; the government will not allow it!?@#$#@??? HUH?? They say I must have chest cracked open instead! I am active farmer, I NEED to be able to lift heavy weights, split firewood, be my normal ACTIVE self afterwards. no diabetes, take some pills for blood pressure and it is normally 135/75. My friends say I will never be the same after they crack my breastbone! So 3 questions please:
1) is it true government will not allow healthy younger people to have catheter valve replacement procedure?
2) is open heart less risky?
3) Can I pay some myself to get catheter approach?