From The Desk of Dr Robert C Slater BA, MSC, DC, DOT at Healing Hands Wellness Center, DOT NR#: 3723762400
Comprehensive DOT Includes Cardiovascular Assessment: DOT Total Cost: $45.00
Most common direct causes of CVD are: hypertension, atherosclerosis, which in turn are caused by lifestyle and behavioral factors mentioned in the HTN section
Begins with chest inspection (noting any surgical scars, pacemaker IAD or defibrillator); auscultate: (listening to irregular heart value sounds: thrills, murmurs,extra sounds or enlargement; noting blood pressure and pulse; noting additional red flag signs of cardiovascular dysfunction: peripheral edema, bruits, diaphoresis (excess sweating) or distended neck veins at the sides of the neck.
Disqualification: *Resting angina or change in angina pattern within 3 months of examination: *Ischemic changes on resting ECG: *Intolerance to medication for cardiovascular intervention therapy
Monitoring and Testing: *Clearance from a CV specialists who understands the demands and functions of commercial driving: *Biennial ETT (every 2 years): Waiting Period: minimum of 2 months
Certification: Maximum 1 year: Is asymptomatic, tolerates medicine, has satisfactory exercise tolerance test, has a resting ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) greater than or equal to 40%, and has no electrocardiogram ischemic changes
Syncope (loss of consciousness) is a symptom of other diseases and not a Dx on its own: Causes: medication, cardiac disease or neurologic disease
Disqualify : *experiences syncope as condition of a disease process, regardless of the underlying condition and or treatment: *is at high risk for syncope or near syncope regardless of the underlying condition and or treatment
Maximum Certification : Maximum certification is 1 year: If:
*has been treated for symptomatic disease: *is asymptomatic: *tolerates medicine: *is at low risk for syncope or near syncope: *has clearance from an appropriate specialists (cardiologists or neurologists) who understand the functions and demands of commercial driving
Extraordinary Consideration: Stroke: Condition : Cerebellar or Brainstem:
Waiting period is 1 year: Maximum certification = 1 year: Required Specialists evaluation: yes, needs neurologists release every year, AND must not have any other disqualifying deficits
Cortical or subcortical: Waiting period is 5 year: Maximum certification = 1 year
Required Specialists evaluation : yes, needs neurologists release: AND Must not have any other disqualifying deficits
If abnormal cardiovascular findings are present, additional cardiovascular testing may be requested and referred to the appropriate medical provider.
1-Echocardiogram: [an Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction greater than or equal to 40%], [no pulmonary hypertension].
2-Exercise Tolerance Test: [exercise to a workload greater than 6 METs..metabolic equivalents], [attain a heart rate greater than or equal to 85% of the predicted maximum – unless on beta-blockers], have a rise in systolic BP greater than 20mm Hg without angina], [have no significant ST segment depression]
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