Can I still drive now that I have a pacemaker? Livin' in Mass
It's one of them things that's disqualifying intially but you can get a waiver. The question is will someone hire you?? I believe I would check with perspective employers.
I also found, starting Jan 30, 2012, the rules are changing to a straight No. So if you got a waiver now, it would be no good next year.
(b)(4) Has no current clinical diagnosis of myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, coronary insufficiency, thrombosis, or any other cardiovascular disease of a variety known to be accompanied by syncope, dyspnea, collapse, or congestive cardiac failure;
sammycat Thanks this.
My biggest problem is, when something happens, I have to know why. Let me elaborate. I had to get a Pacemaker because my hart was beating to slow. Heck, it would stop several times a day for up to 10 Seconds, and up to 2 Min on some occasions while I was asleep. I couldn't figure out why this would happen to me. I take pretty good care of myself. Take my vitamins every day, and hardly ever drink alcohol, and when I did, it was only lite beer. But my hart still became damaged. My blood pressure stays high, and I am often tired. So, I asked WHY! Well after doing much research to the point of just about quiting. I came across studies by,
(1) The CDC
(3) The DOL
(4) The DOD
(5) The FMCSA
(6) The NRDC
(7) The DOT
And almost every health organization in THE WORLD. In the last 15 years or so, All these organizations have done studies on The Particulate Matter released in Diesel Exhaust. All these Organizations have found that the Particulate Matter in Diesel Exhaust causes every thing from Cardiovascular Disease to Full Blown Cancer. The Particulate Matter Basically Destroys the Harts ability to maintain its rhythm by destroying what is called The Sinus Node. This is the part of the hart that keeps your hart beating. When it becomes to damaged, a person can suffer everything from Chronic Hypertension, to Stroke, To complete Hart failure. What makes me angry is, They knew this, and NEVER said anything about it to Truck Drivers. Who are exposed to Diesel Exhaust, in one form or another, ALMOST EVERY DAY, And if you Drive OTR Long Haul, YOU ARE EXPOSED 24 HRS 7 DAYS A WEEK. Also, to make matters worst. Researchers have found, The Cabs of almost EVERY TRUCK, Self Pollutes itself. Meaning, if you sleep in your truck with the engine running, You are breathing in Diesel Exhaust Particulate Matter. Or, If you park in a Truck Stop, Rest Area, Or, next to any truck THAT IS RUNNING, and you truck is off, You are still breathing in Diesel Exhaust Particulate Matter. This is the reason why SO MANY TRUCK DRIVERS have High Blood Pressure, Pacemakers, Cancer, and Strokes. Its NOT the stress of the job. It's the effects of the Diesel Exhaust Particulate Matter.
If you don't believe me, do your own research. Go to any of the WEB SITES, I posted, write in Diesel Exhaust Particulate Matter, Then read it and weep. To continue to Drive a Truck, After you have already been Implanted with a Pacemaker, Is Suicide. You will only continue to Destroy your Hart, Lungs and Cardiovascular system. Meaning, sooner or later, your going to need another Hart. Or having a major stroke and or Hart attack.
I believe you. I know it's a carcinogen. It's not just that but a combination of the fumes, stress, lack of sleep, cigarettes, diet and lack of excercise that get truck drivers.
There's not many that make it to 70. There's not many that make it to 60 as far as that goes. You commit to the lifestyle, you definately sacrifice some years.