Pacemaker

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  1. icefisher47

    icefisher47 Light Load Member

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    I've just been diagnosed with a slow heart rate and may need a pacemaker, I'm trying to get back into driving. Will my having a pacemaker be a problem getting hired?
     
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  3. Stormdriven

    Stormdriven Medium Load Member

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    I think the best place to start investigating would be with your personal Doctor.
     
  4. icefisher47

    icefisher47 Light Load Member

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    She said it shouldn't cause any problems with any type of job I do.
     
  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    I worked with a driver that had a pacemaker. He finally failed the physical because eventually the pacemaker couldn't keep a steady heart rhythm.
     
  6. TruckerLife1

    TruckerLife1 Bobtail Member

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    Like your doctor said this won't be a problem at all. Please see the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rules and regulation at the link below for details.

    http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rulesregs/medreports.htm)

    Cardiovascular Condition §

    [FONT=Arial,Arial][FONT=Arial,Arial]391.41(b)(4)
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    [FONT=Arial,Arial][FONT=Arial,Arial][/FONT][/FONT]"Coronary artery bypass surgery and pacemaker implantation are remedial procedures and thus, not disqualifying."
















    Coronary artery bypass surgery and pacemaker implantation are remedial procedures and thus, not disqualifying.
     
  7. Stormdriven

    Stormdriven Medium Load Member

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    Sounds like a defective pacemaker.
     
  8. Chewey

    Chewey Light Load Member

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    Don't want to overspeak here but I believe the DOT has changed the policy and will disqualify you if you have a pace maker. Check with the safety dept of any trucking company.
     
  9. Stormdriven

    Stormdriven Medium Load Member

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    I would print out that reg indicated in post # 5 and carry it to your DOT physical.
     
  10. TruckerLife1

    TruckerLife1 Bobtail Member

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    Actually, the "policy" to date is as posted on the FMCSA website; additionally trucking companies are subject to the FMCSA's rules and regulations which is where the afore mentioned information was posted from.
     
  11. CondoCruiser

    CondoCruiser The Legend

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    What have you been diagnosed with in relation to the slow heart rate?

    It also depends on if you have nuerocardiogenic syncope because that has been recently changed from a 3 month certificate to a pacemaker not being recognized as a treatment for nuerocardiogenic syncope.

    Updated 4/10/14


    Page 12 section 5

    http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/Cardiovascular_Disease.pdf







    This pdf goes into detail on each condition.

    http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/30000/30100/30123/Final_CVD_Evidence_Report_v2.pdf


    I forget the guys name that received the first implant pacemaker but he received several of them and lived to 82 years old and outlived the inventor and the surgeon involved with it.
     
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