Blood Pressure And DOT Physical

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PackRat's Comment
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Prior to the transplant, I went from a three month card to a two year card in a 15 month period. How I did it was going to a KETO and carnivore diet combo. I drastically cut down on sugars and all grains. In March of this year just for a trial, I went carnivore for 30 days and lost 21 pounds without trying.

Dwayne W.'s Comment
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Apart from regulations issues, let's not loose sight of the real issue... hypertension is a leading cause of sudden unexpected death...hence the "silent killer." With uncontrolled hypertension you are at risk of dying suddenly, without warning from any of these complications:

Sudden arrhythmia associated with cardiomegaly Ruptured cerebral artery berry aneurysm Intracerebral/ intrapontine or intracerebellar hemorrhage Aortic dissection

Besides that, you can perhaps survive any of these, but end up incapacitated - for the rest of your life. This isn't just a numbers game, there are real world consequences. I think there's little risk that somebody is going to have one of these events and crash because of that event. Most people have enough foreshadowing symptoms to pull over before they check out. But still.

Hypertension:

Abnormally high blood pressure.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Old School's Comment
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Those are indeed the DOT guidelines: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/faq/what-effect-driver-certification-based-fmcsa-hypertension-stages

You are correct Robert. Forgive me. For some reason I had that second number as 80 in my memory. Everything else I said is true though. Nobody is playing "gotcha" with you. Your blood pressure was over the limit, therefore you got a three month card. Get it fixed and all will be well.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

Hypertension:

Abnormally high blood pressure.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
JakeBreak's Comment
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By far the biggest factors in high blood pressure, according to my Dr, are hydration and caffeine intake. I had a worrisome time when I went to get my last physical because mine was pretty elevated. After the doc heard that I downed a cup of coffee, which in a pilot cup actually counts as 2 cups, and that I hadn't been drinking enough water he told me about it. We waited an hour where I drank 2 bottles of water and when he took it again it was in the normal range so he passed me. He told me next time I come in to drink water instead of coffee n we won't have to wait lol.

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