I have searched and find no posts on my topic. I have a heart valve that leaks and needs to be replaced. My choices are biologic which requires no blood thinners but will need to be replaced in 15-20 years or a mechanical valve that will never need to be replaced but requires the lifelong use of blood thinners like Coumadin to prevent blood clots.
My questions: anybody know of what the USCG thinks of heart valve replacements and the ability to get waivers with the heart valve replacement and separately the blood thinners? I have a waiver for the leaky heart valve right now.
My cardiologists say that I can play NFL football after the operation as far as heart function goes and I will have a good stress test 10 weeks after the operation.
My health is otherwise good to excellent. I am in my 50’s.