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High Blood Pressure

#1 Post by jdm1982 » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:46 pm

Let me start with saying please feel free to PM me if that is more suitable.

I am giving serious consideration to a late start in this profession. I have always had consistently high blood pressure. Would taking blood pressure medication disqualify me from obtaining my CAT 1 medical?

It runs in the family and my mother who is fairly healthy could no longer control her BP through exercise and diet and has to take medication to control her BP now. This leads me to believe that I will likely end up with the same fate eventually.

The Transport Canada medical FAQ section seems to only address “Renal Stone, SSRI, HIV, and Diabetes”

I’ve had a bit of a read through the Guidelines for medical examiners by conditions: cardiovascular disease section, but I’m no doctor! It talks about “in license holders”, but does that apply to fresh applicants as well?

Not sure if it matters or would affect a future application, but I failed a CAT 1 two years ago due to my high BP when I was curious if I could pass it. The doctor was concerned about my high BP and I asked him if it was even worth submitting to Transport Canada, but he said to try anyway.

How well/badly would it go over if I contacted the following with an inquiry? (I know what dealing with the government can be like lol)

PACIFIC REGION
British Columbia

Civil Aviation Medicine
Transport Canada
820-800 Burrard St.
Vancouver, BC
V6Z 2J8

Telephone:  1-800-305-2059
Telephone:  (604) 666-5601 (General)
Facsimile: (604) 666-0145
E-mail:  rosmin.nathoo@tc.gc.ca
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Re: High Blood Pressure

#2 Post by ZBBYLW » Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:32 pm

I nor anyone on this board will be able to help you unless an AME is on here. My 2 cents, contact them and see where it goes. The medical professionals are the only one s with an idea on what means a criteria.
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#3 Post by altiplano » Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:38 pm

Hypertension won't disqualify you alone.

It can be managed with medication.

There are a couple medications that aren't compatible with a Cat I med... but many that are.

Find a good Dr.
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#4 Post by CL-Skadoo! » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:58 pm

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Re: High Blood Pressure

#5 Post by skybaron » Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:58 pm

Go all veg man. Start there, and give it 6 weeks to 3months, then assess.

Read "Engine 2 diet" - Rip Esselstyn
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#6 Post by jdm1982 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:50 am

Thanks for the replies!

By pure coincidence I ended up stumbling on a show called "plant pure" on Netflix last night so I figured I might as well watch it. The show was interesting. I think I may give going veg a shot. Nothing to loose (other than hopefully some weight and bp points)
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#7 Post by 5x5 » Sat Sep 02, 2017 6:26 pm

jdm1982 wrote:Nothing to loose (other than hopefully some weight and bp points)
....and any semblance of enjoyment from eating. :wink:

Seriously though, if you can find a doctor that isn't a CAME or directly associated with TC but knows a bit about pilots as they could possibly be a source of consultation before talking with a CAME.
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#8 Post by confusedalot » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:23 pm

I've heard of a couple of cases where prescription drugs were accepted for blood pressure control and they regained and kept their Cat 1.

So I don't think you are condemned at all.

for comparison purposes, my pressure is typically at 129/80, not the greatest but within limits. I did get a scare once when a CAME recorded 140/100 and had all kinds of grief from TC until I got three independent readings well below that, and everything fell into place.

Moral of the story is that it is perhaps not that big of a deal.
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Re: High Blood Pressure

#9 Post by Mikehills101 » Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:02 am

All I can say about this, it is a traitor disease. Healthy living is a must!
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#10 Post by makmoco » Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:38 am

Mikehills101 wrote:
Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:02 am
All I can say about this, it is a traitor disease. Healthy living is a must!
Diet foremost. More vegetables, greens and natural products.
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#11 Post by altiplano » Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:48 am

makmoco wrote:
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:38 am
Mikehills101 wrote:
Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:02 am
All I can say about this, it is a traitor disease. Healthy living is a must!
Diet foremost. More vegetables, greens and natural products.
It isn't always that simple.

Genetics comes into play for many with early onset hypertension. In some cases, an injury can bring it on.

Despite healthy diet and active lifestyle, it strikes some and it's manageable with you keeping your medical.
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Re: High Blood Pressure

#12 Post by dpm » Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:58 pm

CL-Skadoo! wrote:
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:58 pm
I had issues with my blood pressure earlier in my career, entire family has battled with it. Switched to a vegetarian diet for the last 15 years and I sit around 115/65, obviously your mileage may vary and its not for everyone, but if anything, I just wanted to say others have been there and found a way.
I became vegetarian 20 years ago, but I'm not a very healthy-eating vegetarian, and maybe that's why it didn't help—fries and cheese pizza are both vegetarian meals, after all. :)

More seriously, my numbers are only slightly over, and have been since my 20s (and are for most of my extended family, regardless of weight or fitness level). I've used several different meds over the years to control it, and the TC aviation medical person (Toronto office) has never given me grief for a class III medical, at least. They just ask me to wait a week or two after changing meds to see how I'm tolerating them.
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Re: High Blood Pressure

#13 Post by Uwish » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:17 pm

http://eamastrangelo.ca/blog.html

Blog from a Canadian AME regarding BP specifically. Apparently, in Canada there are no 'hard' limits other than the very high caps (180 systolic and 105 diastolic) if you get that, you fail. But it also goes on to say that reading above 140 and 90 should warrant 'further investigation'

Not sure what that really means, may they want to ensure your also not sig overweight? or have other health risk factors?
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