High Blood Pressure and DOT Physical Exam
High blood pressure has always been somewhat of a red flag to the FMCSA. It is only a red flag if high blood pressure is left untreated or not under control. Blood pressure is like a temperature gauge in your body. If you have high blood pressure, your body is telling you something is wrong. It’s important to check your blood pressure on a regular basis to keep it in check. When blood pressure stays high for a long time, it effects your body. These effects can alter your ability to drive a truck. Worse yet, these effects can lead to death, whether on the road or at home. That is why the FMCSA has put so much emphasis over the years on your blood pressure on the DOT physical exam. If high blood pressure is left untreated, it can lead to a heart attack or stroke among other terrible effects. How many times have you heard of a driver pulling over to the side of the road because of a heart attack?
A CDL driver must be aware of the risks of blood pressure that is high, whether you’re behind the wheel or at home. Having high blood pressure can cause damage to your heart, brain, kidneys and eyes. You need all these functions to operate a truck properly. If you have high blood pressure, see your doctor immediately. Don’t put it off before your next DOT physical. You can be a certified CDL driver even though you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure. As long as you’re taking blood pressure medication and it’s under control, you will be a certified CDL driver. If you’ve been diagnosed with it, take your medicine prescribed by your doctor. Take it regularly. Don’t delay and put it off. It takes months for your body to respond to blood pressure medication. So be sure to do what your doctor recommends. At Beyond Wellness Chiropractic Center, P.C., our Charlotte chiropractor is certified with FMCSA to conduct DOT physicals.