Had heart attack, two stents put in. Cardiologist said I was good to go back to work. DOT says at least 2 months and need med recert with stress test. Work sent me FMLA paperwork.
Anybody know how to follow the steps here? I can work, but not drive. Work wants me to take FMLA but FMLA says it's for people who can't work. WTF.
Anybody else go through this?
Heart attack and FMLA
Now, if you are a union driver there may be protections or requirements for limited duty in your labor agreement, or if the heart attack happened on the job you may have a workers compensation claim for wages and treatment. Also, should the company terminate you there may be an unemployment entitlement depending on the exact circumstances and state laws.
I have a friend that received 4 stents , he went thru rehab with shining colors.
After rehab he tryed to drive OTR and Local but didnt want to take a chance and have another Stemi and maybe kill someone and he hung it up after 20 years.
Said it was always in the back of his mind and couldn't deal with it.
He learned how to bake and works in a bakery now.
Good Luck stay well.Last edited: Oct 4, 2021
I've seen a number of owner operators who, post-bypass, came back to CDL including a few who regained their pilot's licenses [one an instructor] so there is hope though the bypass is considered a lot different than a stent insertion or tow.
Just a followup-
Went back to work last week. My company uses Concentra so ymmv.
I needed a stress test (results to Concentra) prior to recertification. I had minimal/no damage to my heart and risk for new heart attack is low.
I'm on 3 meds for Blood pressure/cholesteral/blood thinners in addition to low dose aspirin. I keep 2 days worth with me in my gear even though I'm home daily. At least once a year I end up stranded somewhere overnight. I keep these in prescription botttles. FMCSA says all drugs must be in a prescription bottle, those seven day pill holders aren't legal. I know, stupid!
My company required a new drug test because I was off 2 months. I called a month out to make sure I had everything covered and wasn't informed about this until I was trying to set up my schedule. Had to go back to Concentra. Thanks HR, (they blamed it on Safety Dept.).
I went to Cardiac rehab 3 times a week until I was sure I was cleared to go back to work. I thought it may be a hoop I was required to go through to get recertified. Turns out it didn't matter. Rehab was a very positive experience and helped get my confidence up
My advice to someone going through this-
Don't let it add to your stress. Tomorrow will happen whether you worry or not.
Communicate with HR. Mine said they will pay my portion of Medical and take it out later on. Not a big deal, but I took advantage of it. HR can be a confusing mess. Many people say things that are simply not true or don't apply to your situation. Same for Concentra. At Concentra, the first time I went to see what steps I had to take, the woman behind the desk told me at least 3 months before recertification. If I had believed her I wouldn't be working today. My cert is for 1 year.
Different health issues may result in different scenarios. I hope yours will have a peaceful outcome..