Proper preparation for your upcoming Department of Transportation physical can mean less wait time, decreased stress, and proper filing times. Your DOT physical does not have to be a stressful time if you know what to expect. Read more about preparedness in the first part of this series.

Individuals who have suffered from a heart attack, other cardiovascular diseases, or surgery will need full clearance from all treating physicians. The Department of Transportation will also require specific testing such as a cardiac stress test, before license renewal will be completed. Contact your cardiologist to set up a stress-test and receive a clearance letter. Any individual who is on a blood-thinning medication regime will need to have a copy of their latest PT/INR results. Also, different medications can be prescribed for reasons not related to a disqualifying disorder. Those who are prescribed seizure medications for reasons other than a seizure must receive a letter stating why the medication was prescribed. Seizures are a reason for disqualification.

Limited licenses will be given to those who are healthy but have history of; high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, cardiovascular diseases, certain surgeries, and those who take specific medications. These limited licenses will be awarded for no more than 1 year. Many times the DOT requires  physician follow-up appointments to qualify for a limited license. Licenses will not be renewed to those who suffer from uncontrolled diabetes, seizures, substance abuse, certain mental conditions, or uncontrolled sleep apnea.

For quick and efficient DOT physicals visit Men’s Vitality Center in Tucson, Arizona. Our full-service medical facility can handle most medical conditions and testing. Let our experienced physicians complete your physical examination. Call today for an appointment! Your health and happiness are incredibly important to us!