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    Back to driving after a Heart Attack

    Has anyone had a heart attack, and gone back to driving? I had 1 on June 17 and returned to work July 7. I drive in state for the most part (100% since HA) went today to renew my Fed Med card and was informed I should have not drove for 2 months after the heart attack and can't get my fed-med card until I undergo a stress test and I believe an echo cardiogram. Does this sound right? No one said a word till today,,, if my med card had not expired I would not even know yet.
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    I dont know anyone personally but we were talking with a cashier in wal mart one night and she said her husband had a triple by pass and had to go through alot of stuff and a couple of tests before they would let him go back to work along with taking meds and then when he was given the ok to drive again the company he worked for wouldnt take him back.

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    Thanks ann2009. Any other comments?

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    Yes the rule is two months and you must complete a stress echo or other stress test. I didn't know either but found out as I was processing in with a new employer.

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    I had one March of '07. They never asked.. so I never told. I was 27 years of age, I'm 6ft 2in. 175lbs.. and in great shape. Just a bad ticker.

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    My first physical, the doc saw it and didn't say anything. My second one with a different doc ask me all about it and requested the test results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunguyr View Post
    Has anyone had a heart attack, and gone back to driving? I had 1 on June 17 and returned to work July 7. I drive in state for the most part (100% since HA) went today to renew my Fed Med card and was informed I should have not drove for 2 months after the heart attack and can't get my fed-med card until I undergo a stress test and I believe an echo cardiogram. Does this sound right? No one said a word till today,,, if my med card had not expired I would not even know yet.
    TIA
    Mark
    Yep on both, Fiance had a heart attack three years ago when he was out jogging he was 36 at the time.

    Medical card is a one year card and he has to have a stress Test and echo cardiogram.

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. I am not to concerned about the tests..

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    I had one five years ago. They just want the flow percentage of blood to the heart. They should have a form to give your doctor. If you have already had a stress test the doctor will have that info. You will only be issued a 1 year card and have to have this info every year.

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    What about a stroke? had one16mos agoand was told couldn't drive for a year.. have talked to FMCSA and all those guidelines are just that "guidelines". its all in the interpretation. i year minimum off. every doc can call it their own way..been driv
    in for over 30 years w/ excellent record and having a tough time getting job cause
    "of no "recent experience".a driver who has been driving for one year recent, will be hired bfore me ..something doesn't seem rite..

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