Wannabe that just had a heart attack. What are the odds I can start a career

Discussion in 'Driver Health' started by SatelliteSender, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. SatelliteSender

    SatelliteSender Bobtail Member

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    with one of the mega carriers?

    On paper I look great! However what will the mega carriers think? Too much of a risk? Give 'em chance? Sorry Charlie?
    Is there anything I can do to eliminate any doubts they may have?


    Prior to heart attack:
    5'10 242 lbs.
    BP approx. 138/80
    Pulse 62 bpm

    Admitted to hospital last Tuesday afternoon, left hospital with 3 stents 20 hours later.

    Post heart attack: (one week later)
    5'10 230 lbs.
    BP approx. 117/70
    Pulse 60 bpm

    Wish me luck!!
     
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  3. ticktick45acp

    ticktick45acp Bobtail Member

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    do you have your dot medical card already?
    get that then go from there , a a-ok letter from your heart doc will help , they may even give you a stress test,after the 3 stents are gone and heart wise your well. heck man i got a new heart valve 6yrs ago and they approved me . two days ago ,
     
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  4. CondoCruiser

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    Did you have a myocardial infraction or just blockage removed? Are you taking Coumadin, Plavix or Effient (Prasugrel)?

    You'll probably have to get a letter from your cardiologist saying you're stable after a ECG.

     
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    ticktick45acp Bobtail Member

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    Coumadin is a medical treatment which can improve the health and safety of the driver and should not, by its use, medically disqualify the commercial driver.
    thats a good thing ,since i take it
     
  6. CondoCruiser

    CondoCruiser The Legend

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    That's the catcher!

    There are plenty of drivers out there with stents and/or a cracked chest. They just want to make sure you are stable first.

    I read somewhere about waiting periods for recent surgeries. It's like a month for a stent and 6 months for bypass surgery. I'm too tired to find it now! :)
     
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  7. SatelliteSender

    SatelliteSender Bobtail Member

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    I have my follow-up tomorrow with my cardiologist. (Never thought I would say that)
    I will find out if they were able to determine how much damage was done and what my outlook is.

    As for meds..... Dr. prescribed Plavix and I will be on it for only a year. No Coumadin. He told me he prescribes
    that for his patients that are 70+ yrs. old.
     
  8. SatelliteSender

    SatelliteSender Bobtail Member

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    TTand CC,
    Thanks for your responses. I wasn't expecting any until Thursday am PST. Go to bed CC.
    TT your words and situation are encourgement for me.
     
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  9. Cobra67y20

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    Isn't Coumadin a blood thinner? If so do not eat too much broccoli it also helps make your blood thinner.
     
  10. Cobra67y20

    Cobra67y20 Medium Load Member

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    My blood pressure last week was 188/107 ARRRRRRG!!! I'm 56, 200lbs, 6' 0". Talk about an eye opener! So I got med from the doc and now it's down to 144/90. I'm waiting for it to go down below 139/90 in order to have my CDL reinstated when I take the DOT test.
    Been sitting behind a desk to long
     
  11. ghettochild

    ghettochild Medium Load Member

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    I had a heartattack on the road myself..1 stent and takin 5 different meds..you might wanna keep an eye on your blood sugar.found out 3mos after heartattack that I had diabetes..high bloodpressure diabetes and heartattacks run in packs so ask doc for ur sugar levels. Anything over 150mg will disqualify you..good luck
     
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