DOT physical and blood presure questions

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Oaktown, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. jbourque

    jbourque Heavy Load Member

    Oct 25, 2012
    south english iowa
    i would do everything possible to get the pressure down. dont be a information booth at the dot exam someone is paying them to find out whats wrong with you. so let them do there job an dont say anything about what might be wrong with you. lots of luck
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  3. dibstr

    dibstr Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    Stage 1 hypertension (140/90-159/99) may be certified for one year.

    At recertification, an individual with a BP equal to or less than 140/90 may be certified for one year; however, if his or her BP is greater than 140/90 but less than 160/100, a one-time certificate for 3 months can be issued.

    An individual diagnosed with Stage 2 (BP is 160/100-179/109) should be treated and a one-time certificate for 3-month certification can be issued.

    Once the driver has reduced his or her BP to equal to or less than 140/90, he or she may be recertified annually thereafter.

    An individual diagnosed with Stage 3 hypertension (BP equal to or greater than 180/110) should not be certified until his or her BP is reduced to 140/90 or less, and may be recertified every 6 months.

    Best Regards
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  4. MountainWind

    MountainWind Bobtail Member

    Dec 22, 2012
    That's for sure. I have a one year because I take BP meds, even though my pressure reading was 123/83 during the DOT exam. Doctor said nothing really to worry about and look at it this way, it will make you get an annual physical lol!
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  5. Scooter Jones

    Scooter Jones Road Train Member

    Apr 19, 2011
    140/90 is the feds standard.

    Ask them if you can lay on your right side when they take the reading. Doctor showed me that trick. Works every time. Many of us experience the same problem when going in for a DOT physical.
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  6. BigByrd47119

    BigByrd47119 Light Load Member

    Jan 3, 2013
    On the subject of BP, anyone used garlic to reduse their numbers? I guess its supposed to work but would feel better about spending the money on garlic pills if people here can confirm...
  7. Rugerfan

    Rugerfan Road Train Member

    May 3, 2011
    i was at 140/like 79 or something for one physical and got a 2 year card out of it. part of it was because i was nervous when they did the test like others said i could fee lmy bp going up as it was happening. usually they take that into account also
  8. Oaktown

    Oaktown Light Load Member

    Dec 19, 2012
    going tues. thanks people.
  9. Radman

    Radman Road Train Member

    Apr 18, 2011
    You need to eat before, you only fast before blood work. Not eating will raise Bp. Don't eat or drink anything stimulating like sugar or coffee. Been told this by a doc.
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  10. CondoCruiser

    CondoCruiser The Legend

    Apr 18, 2010
    Yep, fast that morning and no smoking at least an hour before. Even try to rest and meditate immediately before. Even the walk in from the parking lot will raise the BP briefly.

    Not only will your blood pressure will be lower, so will your sugar. I know a guy failed that pigged out on pancakes and syrup before his test. The next day he passed after a retest.

    Sounds like you are border line but it's time to talk with your doctor about it.
  11. binpimpin8

    binpimpin8 Bobtail Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    actually eating before a BP test will increase your BP cause your body will be working to digest the food lil trick I learned before going to MEPS for the Army. Lots of water and juices dont eat before the test that will raise your BP not lower it. Drink lots of water and juices not greasy food or salty stay away from pork and turkey they have a lot of natural salt in it that came from my doc cause I dont want to go on bp meds myself i changed my diet
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