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    I was born with a coarctation of the aorta and a bicuspid aortic valve. When I was two weeks old the coarctation was repaired and I've had two angioplasties since then (can't remember exactly when they were, but it's been close to 20 years since I've had anything done). I see a cardiologist yearly and have an echo done every year or two. The last time I saw my doctor he said that the coarctation was so well reparied that it is very hard to tell that anything was even wrong. There is also very little calcification on my valve. He said that he expected there to be more. All in all he doesn't expect me to need any kind of intervention for a very long time. I exercise regularly and am always trying to improve (I've passed the CPAT on several occasions with no problem). My diet isn't bad but it could be better.

    What I'm wondering is if departments will rule me out because of my condition? My doctor said that he doesn't see this being a problem with becoming a firefighter and that he would even write me a note if it came to that, but I just wonder if I may be brushed off by departments. I would think it would be a plus, seeing as how I'm under constant care of a cardiologist, with heart attacks being so prolific in the fire service. Any thoughts?

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    Noramally if your doctor clears you its fine but its always up to the agency ADA or not.

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    Hi Dan -

    I'd reccomend calling HR at a large local FD (Fire Dept. HR, NOT city personnel/HR); they might be able to give you some insight as to where you could obtain a consultation on your condition.

    I have absolutely no idea if it will affect your ability to get hired; I'm sure the 100 or so people who have viewed your post and not replied don't know either, so I thought I'd throw out a suggestion.

    It sounds like something that shouldn't be an issue in the long run. There will always be departments who won't take chances on people for various reasons, but as the saying goes we always end up where we're supposed to be, in spite of our very best efforts.

    Good luck in your pursuit.

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    My doctor said that he doesn't see this being a problem with becoming a firefighter and that he would even write me a note if it came to that, but I just wonder if I may be brushed off by departments.

    Much has changed since the ADA law went into affect. What many doctors will do now is set a base line for departments in case something comes up future. You should have your doctor and any higher heart specialist (one who's a household name in your area) evaluate you. If they find you fit for duty have them give you a letter stating their evaluation. Then during the medical if this situation comes up, then, and only then, produce the letter.

    I just went back and forth with e-mails from a 21 year old candidate during the past month who was recently put on medication for hypertension. He was evaluated, found fit for duty, produced the letter during his medical and starts the academy in Oct. I've also worked with candidates who have had back or knee surgery and asthma who were hired. All were evaluated, found fit for duty and were hired. This would probably never have happen a few years ago before ADA.
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    Thanks for the replies. I was just wondering if this would have been a problem when the medical evaluation came up. I go to a local heart center with some very good doctors so it should be no problem getting their evaluations.

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