There Will Be Blood....

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Terry M.'s Comment
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There will be blood....pressure that is. Gearing up to go to one of the company sponsored driving facilities (Prime, Swift, Jim Palmer, still weighing options) and have just came back from the dentist. All he did was a routine cleaning but my blood pressure was taken and it was 150 over 80. That top number was a "little" high I was told. Could this be a big factor during a CDL physical or does that fall within "standards"? What can I do to lower it? All my dentist could recommend was a good fluoride toothpaste. But then. he would. Looking forward to all responses.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Dave Reid's Comment
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How about some blood pressure medication fcol? 150/90 is too high...you will not pass the DOT physical But see your internist or family doc and they will likely give you a prescription or two and in a couple of days you will be pumping great. Your DOT medical care will be issued for one year and you will need to get a new one annually forever.

There are a bunch of posts on this topic here:

https://www.truckingtruth.com/truckers-forum/Tag-100/Page-1/blood-pressure

There will be blood....pressure that is. Gearing up to go to one of the company sponsored driving facilities (Prime, Swift, Jim Palmer, still weighing options) and have just came back from the dentist. All he did was a routine cleaning but my blood pressure was taken and it was 150 over 80. That top number was a "little" high I was told. Could this be a big factor during a CDL physical or does that fall within "standards"? What can I do to lower it? All my dentist could recommend was a good fluoride toothpaste. But then. he would. Looking forward to all responses.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Jason K.'s Comment
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DOT Standard I believe is 139/89. It's either meds or a diet to accommodate high blood pressure. Lots of water, less carbs, less sugar. Check YouTube or Google for some advice also they have many videos on lowering blood pressure using foods.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Old School's Comment
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You're going to have to get that down a little if you want to pass the physical. Here's a lot of Helpful Information On D.O.T. Blood Pressure Requirements.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Is it normally high? Did they use the right size cuff? Just going to the dentist could raise ones blood pressure.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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We also have this information to help you reduce your blood pressure both short term and long term:

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Guidelines & Advice

Hypertension:

Abnormally high blood pressure.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Blood pressure can elevate due to pain....so a tooth ache could spike it up a bit. try again if u arent on pain

Terry M.'s Comment
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Thank you for all the replies. Great advice from all. Investigating diet changes (less salt, more greens, etc...) I get plenty of exercise at my present job and I'm not overweight so I'm hoping just a diet change will do the job. Being in a Dentist's chair I think would raise anyone's blood pressure slightly so I'm gonna start monitoring it closely. Again, thank you for all input. This is a fabulous forum and I always learn something when I visit.

Michael S.'s Comment
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I'm looking more and more towards joining the ranks, and have looked at my BP with a home meter. It ranges from 11X/7X to 15x/9x. Yeah, great to why is his head still on. I know that it's in the acceptable range most of the time, should I be worried?

Yeah, I'm cutting back on salt.

Q.2/ will having a cancer disqualify me? I have a slow growing tumor that's being watched.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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