DOT medical examanation

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  1. Grunsh

    Grunsh Bobtail Member

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    Hi am wanting to be a truck driver, and i am wondering if my Tetralogy of Fallot; i was born with this. So am I automatically disqualify me from passing the medical examination?. I haven't gone to school yet, and also my doctor said that heart disease doesn't disqualify you from getting your dot medical card. You just have to check in every year. So is my doctor is right or am i in trouble. Also i don't need a pacemaker and i don't take medication at all. The doctor said i am healthy as an ox. except for my berth defect, and i am a little overweight(but i am working on it.). So i would like to get some answers. Am i going to fail the physical or am i going to pass when i take it this summer. I am also talking about getting certified as an interstate truck driver.
     
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  2. FozzyNOK

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    § 391.41Physical qualifications for drivers.(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.

    Your doctor is incorrect... Not sure what your malady is, but heart problems can disqualify you for a medical card
     
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  3. Grunsh

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    K well their goes that idea.
     
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  4. FozzyNOK

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    Not saying that it will for sure as have no idea what that is.. but heart defects can effect your chances greatly.
     
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  5. Grunsh

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    Wow!! Before you just give up, how about stop at a truckstop and buy a Medical Card packet and go to a doctor who does DOT Physicals and have one done!!
     
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  7. Grunsh

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    Well i am going to get a medical physical exam done this summer. I haven't given up yet.

    and sorry i meant pacemaker><.
     
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  8. CondoCruiser

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    This is from where the DOT medical review board discusses different medical topics.

    http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/facts-research/research-technology/publications/cardio.htm#a121


    Almost the same thing on page 117-118
    http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/cardio.pdf


    You learn something everyday. It seems like there are four types of this problem with greatly varying degrees. If yours is a mild case you might stand a chance.


    Good luck, I wish you well.
     
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  9. Grunsh

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    My vavle was repaired along time ago. When i was 9 so i might be ok.
     
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  10. inandoutoftrouble

    inandoutoftrouble Road Train Member

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    More and more, I can see that the trucking industry is leaning more towards U. S. military health and fitness standards. Eventually, all truck drivers will most likely have to be free of ALL diseases and conditions. I can also see that even borderline conditions with or without the use of medications will disqualify a person from becoming or continuing on as a truck driver.

    It would NOT surprise me if weight control and body fat (BMI) standards eventually disqualify slightly overweight to incredibly obese people from becoming or continuing on as a truck driver.

    Eventually, it may become as stringent becoming or continuing on as a truck driver as it is to serve in the U.S. military, law enforcement, security, or in any SERIOUSLY SAFETY SENSITIVE JOB.

    God bless every American and their families! God bless the U.S.A.!
     
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