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    I found out today when doing my medical exam that I have a heart murmur. This is the first Ive ever heard of it . . I am not sure if it has gone unnoticed for the past 23 years, or if it is a newly developed murmur. I feel like I am in good shape. I don't feel irregular, or faint.

    I have been instructed to get written authorization from a specialist that I am fit for the job . . . which I will hopefully be seeing within the next 2-3 days . .

    I was curious if anyone else here suffers from a heart murmur, or another heart related condition?

    I am still hopeful that I will be cleared, and can finally have my hard work pay off. . .

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    The doctor that used to do the exams for the FD here used to say everyone had one. It's not the end of the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dickey View Post
    The doctor that used to do the exams for the FD here used to say everyone had one. It's not the end of the world.
    I hope your right - I've worked pretty hard to get this far.

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    I had a Doctor "find" a murmur when I was in the Navy. No one else found it before or since, FWIW.

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    I had one diagnosed as a child and have been back and forth to doctors ever since. Every one has come to the same conclusion that there is nothing about it that would limit my activity in any way. The problem is that every new doctor that hears it wants to run more tests again. Some of them don't even hear it anymore. Go ahead and get checked out, no sense in taking chances. I also know that one of the Apollo astronauts had a murmur and had no problems.

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    I've had one 20 years. I write it down on the questionaire for my physical every 18 months. It doesn't show up on the stress test and my family doctor says its ok to be a firefighter. Get it checked out and cleared by a doctor for your benefit and your partner's.

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    What 1138 said.I've been stress tested,dye and pressure checked. Interpreted and cleared by the Head of cardiology at MMC. For your own piece of mind,do your followups and get your clearance. T.C.

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    I really don't know about heart murmurs.
    I do know that we retire guys off the job who are on blood thinners, and those who have by-pass surgery, with no questions asked.

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    I've got a murmur plus a Ventricular Septum Disorder (born without the septum, repaired with a teflon patch) and I'm career. Shouldn't be a big deal for you as long as you can pass the rest of the physical. I just have to have a cardiologist look at my 12-lead and sign off on it during my annual physicals.

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    Yea...constant monitoring and the NFPA and Doc's have no problem hiring you with a heart condition.

    I mean it isn't like heart problems are the number one killer of firefighters.

    Now those of us with spinal fusions, holy cow. We are the threat to the fire service. NFPA will disqualify you automatically for that

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    Ive been told they are very subjective. Go have someone else listen, I am sure they will come up with a different result.

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    Now those of us with spinal fusions, holy cow. We are the threat to the fire service. NFPA will disqualify you automatically for that

    I'm not sure if it's the NFPA, but we don't let guys work with either, here.
    After all, there is a reason why we worked hard to have a heart&lung bill.

    Around here, the only thing the NFPA is used for is to cut us.
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