Quick Question

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by robert77, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. robert77

    robert77 New Member

    I have had high blood pressure for years and have been taking medication and it was under control. Recently, my blood pressure has been real high and it won't go down. I have been put on new types of meds but they aren't working. My DOT card is up soon and go for my physical in a few days and chances are it will still be high then. I was wondering, if my blood pressure is high and I fail, will I get fired? Thanks.
  2. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    Are you over 180/110? That will disqualify your medical. If you are under that but still high you can get an extension to get it under control.
  3. robert77

    robert77 New Member

    Not all the time but there have been times where is has been over 180/110.
  4. STFXG

    STFXG Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure on the ups rules but if you land under 180/110 you'll get either a 1 year or a 3 month extension. After which you have to get it under 140/90. If you weren't on the meds before your last medical you won't be getting 2 year medical cards anymore. You'll get a one year card for being on meds. Good luck with the test. I'm sure someone can help you out with the ups question.
  5. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    I'm not trying to be an ass here but all you have talked about is medications not working. Have u tried changing your diet or doing some cardio everyday?

    I've been right on that 140/90 line every year since I started driving. If I would get my lazy ass up and run a few miles every few days and eat better I would be fine.

    Just speaking from personal experience here.
  6. robert77

    robert77 New Member

    It not my diet or my cardio. I eat healthy and run 5 miles 3 days per week so I think I am getting enough exercise. My parents had high blood pressure and my brother who is 24 has it and so does my sister who is 28. I think it just runs in the family.

    I will try running some more but I am just worried about getting fired if the blood pressure continues to be high.
  7. InsideUPS

    InsideUPS Active Member

    I personally would see if you could find a specialist to examine what is causing your HBP... (you don't want to be a chemistry test for you current doctor).

    Have you had your kidneys examined?... HBP as you know is nothing to mess around with regardless of your employment. There are a number of ways to temporarily lower your BP on the Internet however, you really need to see a specialist for long term control. If absolutely necessary...you should be able to be off and collect disability while you attempt to properly diagnose and correct the issue.
  8. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    High BP runs in my family. I have been borderline needing meds since HS. 2 years ago, I started meds and now my BP is on the low side of healthy. I take the lowest dose of what ever I take and also changed my diet and got upped my exercise.

    Instead of every other year physicals, I have to go in every year. If your BP is too high, you will not get a DOT card and will have at least 1 year to get it down and retake your physical. If you cannot get your BP down and there are no 22.3 jobs to bump onto, you will be looking for other work.

    Good luck to you.