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Old 02-10-2022, 08:10 AM
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Default Heart Attack

Had one yesterday so I’m killing time in the hospital waiting to hear about an angiogram etc,etc. Doing fine now. Did a “heart” search on VAF and got a bunch of good info. One good thing is there haven’t been new threads on this since 2010. Good health I hope!

I’m 71 & healthy til now but have a family history of heart issues. I have had chest & jaw pain episodes and was concerned about losing my medical. I recently aced a stress test and echo cardio gram. I’m told now that they are not all that conclusive.

I’ll be working on getting my medical back after this is over. Did it once before! I had depression issues some 20 hrs ago. One of the big things that got me thru that was a goal to finish the RV, get my medical back and fly again - RV therapy! That’s one reason it took 15 yrs to finish it.

In the mean time - Carry On!
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Old 02-10-2022, 08:29 AM
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Default pretty fast and good luck

We will all be cheering you on during the process to get a medical. Maybe a basic med. Just don't let your class three expire.... if possible.

As to building an RV in 15 hours.... I wouldn't be embarrassed.

Cheers, and best wishes.
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Old 02-10-2022, 08:31 AM
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I am sorry to hear about the attack but glad you are doing well. I would spend a few bucks and set up a phone consult with the guys I will post a link for. They are the absolute best at getting pilots back to work and used by 99% of the professional pilots in the US. They can provide advise on what the FAA will be looking for and what you want to avoid getting put into your medical record.
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Old 02-10-2022, 09:16 AM
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Oops- spell check or maybe the meds. Ya 15 yrs not hrs
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Old 02-10-2022, 09:26 AM
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Best of luck Buddy. Make sure you stay on top of your medical and basic med requirements.
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Old 02-10-2022, 09:37 AM
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In relation to heart condition and FAA medical, my blood pressure shot up after the 2nd shot of the mRNA vax. My AME is monitoring the situation now to make sure my class 3 isn't affected. You guys may want to check and verify before your medical renewal.
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Old 02-10-2022, 10:00 AM
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25 year ICU RN here and worked with many heart docs. Their sentiments regarding stress test weather they're treadmill or chemically induced are good
"indicators" of cardiac health. But..... until you lay on the table of truth and they get the films from a cardiac catheterization will you have the indisputable truth.

One very important thing I discovered from total of 32 years at the bedside is that a patients attitude is VERY important. As soon as the mind/will power give up the health of our bodies soon follows. Hand's down... seen it many times. Your attitude is spot on and I believe and hope this will be behind you in no time.

Good luck to you fellow aviatior.
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Old 02-10-2022, 12:13 PM
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Default Canada, not USA

Folks, be aware that Dennis the OP lives in Canada. I’m not sure if the Canadian medical rules differ from our rules but they may. Either way, I hope Dennis finds a path to keeping his flying privileges. As Paul pointed out, your attitude about your health is important.
Best wishes to you, Dennis.
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Old 02-10-2022, 12:27 PM
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I noticed that Dennis is in Canada, so this may not apply. 15 years ago my airplane partner (also named Dennis) had a heart attack (US class 3 med). He worked hard and did regain his medical. His main advice was to make sure your doctor knew exactly what the FAA (in your case Canadian authorities)wanted. He passed a stress test, but the FAA rejected it because the parameters had not been exactly the same as specified by the FAA Oklahoma City. He had to take another one to make them happy.
Good luck.
Old 02-10-2022, 12:57 PM
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Navigating the FAA’s medical certification process requires the participation of possibly five different entities…the pilot/patient, the FAA medical branch, the AME, the patient’s doctor, and any specialists/consultants that are participating in the patient/pilot’s care. With 70,000 possible diagnosis codes to choose from, it is depressingly easy for even the smallest communication or documentation carelessness to put the entire certification process in jeopardy and for one or more of those players to send the process off into something that might require a LOT of inconvenience with the FAA and unnecessarily jeopardize the ability of the patient to fly an airplane legally. The older we get, the more possible these events become with each new medical event.

Be very, very careful about communication and how things get coded and documented in your chart, especially if you’ve had a recent change in your health status.
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