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    Quote Originally Posted by River6019 View Post
    I believe you cannot at any point exceed (220-Age) X .9
    Isn't that heart rate ?
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    Thanks for the reply, but I'm talking blood pressure (120/80 kind of a number) not the heart rate monitor/stairmill test.
    MM, any idea?
    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ext. 17 View Post
    Thanks for the reply, but I'm talking blood pressure (120/80 kind of a number) not the heart rate monitor/stairmill test.
    MM, any idea?
    Thanks again.
    Oh, gotcha sorry for the confusion. I'd actually like to know that myself.
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    No problem man. Yeah, figured with all this talk about hard failures at medical, probably best to know all we can...
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    Blood pressure worries me a bit too. It always shoots up in medical settings, yet is fine taken elsewhere. Sucks big time...
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    Interesting as this is always a concern for me too. I think the last medical I did at MT I was originally high and then settled down in front of the doctor. My old geezer doc told me a couple years back that you should use larger BP wraps if your arms are on the bigger side (not tooting my own horn in all seriousness) so the reading is more accurate.

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    I got my medical test papers in the mail today.

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    What about cholesterol?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chadxmerch View Post
    I got my medical test papers in the mail today.
    nice. when are you going in?

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    They do blood work, if you have high cholesterol, they will find it. If they feel its a problem, they will decide whether to continue, or ask for a note from your doctor, they most likely do the latter unless its major. If they ask you for doctors note, get it to them ASAP, because they will put you on medical hold till you get what they want. Fax the note, and call them to see if they got it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vekdoggs75 View Post
    Interesting as this is always a concern for me too. I think the last medical I did at MT I was originally high and then settled down in front of the doctor. My old geezer doc told me a couple years back that you should use larger BP wraps if your arms are on the bigger side (not tooting my own horn in all seriousness) so the reading is more accurate.
    Pretty sure the size of the cuff relative to your arm is BS.

    As for if there are hard cut offs? No, I don't think so, but remember, the point of the medical is for a doctor to assess your current health and physical state and decide if they think it's a good idea to be a firefighter. If you're hypertensive they may want to look into it. I doubt it's an automatic failure, more of a shades of gray thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manhattan Medic View Post
    Pretty sure the size of the cuff relative to your arm is BS.

    As for if there are hard cut offs? No, I don't think so, but remember, the point of the medical is for a doctor to assess your current health and physical state and decide if they think it's a good idea to be a firefighter. If you're hypertensive they may want to look into it. I doubt it's an automatic failure, more of a shades of gray thing.
    thanks. I ask because nypd had a cut off and I needed to be retested, and was fine. I'm not out of shape, but I've noticed with age it's been creeping up.

    The heart rate test I already predict I will need to retake. I warm up 3x a week on a stairmill with the vest to check my hr. sometimes I'm 10 beats under. Other days I'm 1-3 beats over, and only for a few seconds! As long as I can come back and take it again, and stay on longer, I'll be fine. I've gotten to the point that I just zone out and go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ext. 17 View Post
    thanks. I ask because nypd had a cut off and I needed to be retested, and was fine. I'm not out of shape, but I've noticed with age it's been creeping up.

    The heart rate test I already predict I will need to retake. I warm up 3x a week on a stairmill with the vest to check my hr. sometimes I'm 10 beats under. Other days I'm 1-3 beats over, and only for a few seconds! As long as I can come back and take it again, and stay on longer, I'll be fine. I've gotten to the point that I just zone out and go.
    It gets harder to manage the older you get. I don't recall them being all that super strict (there's a limit of course) but maybe pay a visit to your doctor to talk about it. Might be something as simple as a minor change in your diet.

    I overcame being a few beats over by determining what my heart rate should be and running 5 miles 3 times a week at whatever pace kept me at or close to that number. You can get a heart rate watch that will alarm if you're above or below whatever number you set it for. Worked like a charm but once I got through medicals I had some catch up to do to make sure I was ready for the academy because the pace I had been running was too slow. That only took a few weeks to get back up to an 8 minute mile for 3 miles, which in my opinion is what you will need to be able to do to get through the academy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teufelhunden36 View Post
    It gets harder to manage the older you get. I don't recall them being all that super strict (there's a limit of course) but maybe pay a visit to your doctor to talk about it. Might be something as simple as a minor change in your diet.

    I overcame being a few beats over by determining what my heart rate should be and running 5 miles 3 times a week at whatever pace kept me at or close to that number. You can get a heart rate watch that will alarm if you're above or below whatever number you set it for. Worked like a charm but once I got through medicals I had some catch up to do to make sure I was ready for the academy because the pace I had been running was too slow. That only took a few weeks to get back up to an 8 minute mile for 3 miles, which in my opinion is what you will need to be able to do to get through the academy.
    Thank you.
    I have a heart rate monitor that does that, and a 4 miler scheduled for
    Saturday, I'll check it out. Being so close (potentially) to a medical date, I think I'll try out the 3x5 for the next few weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ext. 17 View Post
    Thank you.
    I have a heart rate monitor that does that, and a 4 miler scheduled for
    Saturday, I'll check it out. Being so close (potentially) to a medical date, I think I'll try out the 3x5 for the next few weeks.
    Good luck. You may feel like you're running too slow and be tempted to speed up but don't. I don't know the science of the whole thing, but I know it worked for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teufelhunden36 View Post
    Good luck. You may feel like you're running too slow and be tempted to speed up but don't. I don't know the science of the whole thing, but I know it worked for me.
    Thanks. I'm hoping first time up
    That I pull it off. Once I get my medical letter I'm off coffee and salt until the day of! I've been eating cleaner and leaner since January, but could stand more tightening.
    Am I correct in assuming that the deal Is still if you fail the hr test, they have you come back and take it 30 days later, and if you fail it again, they leave you on for 3 more minutes to see how you handle that. If you look ok, you pass?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ext. 17 View Post
    Thanks. I'm hoping first time up
    That I pull it off. Once I get my medical letter I'm off coffee and salt until the day of! I've been eating cleaner and leaner since January, but could stand more tightening.
    Am I correct in assuming that the deal Is still if you fail the hr test, they have you come back and take it 30 days later, and if you fail it again, they leave you on for 3 more minutes to see how you handle that. If you look ok, you pass?
    They have you take the medical, and if you fail the HR, they have you come back and do it for 8 minutes. From what I heard, they monitor your fatigue. I don't know what happens if you fail that......

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    In regards to the investigator, on my initial intake, I was told to come back in a month or so , with the rest of the papers that I needed, I already have everything. Should I shoot my investigator an email and let them know and see if I can stop by and drop them off? Or Should I just wait for the date?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ext. 17 View Post
    Thanks. I'm hoping first time up
    That I pull it off. Once I get my medical letter I'm off coffee and salt until the day of! I've been eating cleaner and leaner since January, but could stand more tightening.
    Am I correct in assuming that the deal Is still if you fail the hr test, they have you come back and take it 30 days later, and if you fail it again, they leave you on for 3 more minutes to see how you handle that. If you look ok, you pass?
    I don't know what happens to you after your second chance on the stairmill. Don't find out...do plenty of cardio and you should be OK. I know I followed what the guys at Metrotech recommended and i passed with flying colors. A lot of guys assume this job is all strength; it is to a point. But after a few minutes at a good job that 10 lbs hook will feel like a 100... you need endurance and they'll give that to you at the Rock; you just have to let go of the 3 sets of 10 reps thing that you've probably heard of. That nutcase at the Rock is going to take a 10 lbs weight you'd laugh at at the gym and torture your life with it. But the first good job you go to you'll see the method to their madness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teufelhunden36 View Post
    I don't know what happens to you after your second chance on the stairmill. Don't find out...do plenty of cardio and you should be OK. I know I followed what the guys at Metrotech recommended and i passed with flying colors. A lot of guys assume this job is all strength; it is to a point. But after a few minutes at a good job that 10 lbs hook will feel like a 100... you need endurance and they'll give that to you at the Rock; you just have to let go of the 3 sets of 10 reps thing that you've probably heard of. That nutcase at the Rock is going to take a 10 lbs weight you'd laugh at at the gym and torture your life with it. But the first good job you go to you'll see the method to their madness.
    My mistake, I wasn't very clear in what I was asking. I was basically asking if you get two shots at the stairs, and on that second chance, if your hr goes over 90%, do they leave you on for 3 more minutes and monitor your appearance. And I think that's what the deal is. I hope so. I am able to
    Have a semi comfortable conversation at that speed with that weight. It's just my hr sometimes pops over.

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