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heart condition + military?

Discussion in 'Military Medicine' started by vo-zhd, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. vo-zhd

    vo-zhd Guest

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    can you be fit for diving and parachuting duty if you have a mitral valve prolapse (regurgitation), or any kind of murmur disqualifies you?
     
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  3. BigNavyPedsGuy

    BigNavyPedsGuy Junior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Don't know for sure, but I'm pretty sure that would disqualify you.
     
  4. vo-zhd

    vo-zhd Guest

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    thanks. so any kind of heart murmur disqualifies?
     
  5. njaqua

    njaqua 10+ Year Member

    I thought that MVP was usually a relatively benign condition.
     
  6. Croooz

    Croooz Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Served 10 years active + 2 reserve with one.
     
  7. USAFGMODOC

    USAFGMODOC Attending physician 7+ Year Member

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    Don't know your branch's specifics, but from my experience in the USAF, MVP for flyers/jumpers required a cardiology consultation, echo and sometimes other testing as recommended by the consultant. Most of the time, waivers for special duty flyers/jumpers were granted, but required regular/periodic f/u by a specialist.

    I can't think of one that didn't get a waiver for simple MVP (with trivial/trace regurg), but if you have other abnormalities it may not be as clear cut.
     
  8. vo-zhd

    vo-zhd Guest

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    thanks!
     
  9. BOHICA-FIGMO

    BOHICA-FIGMO Belt-fed Physician 10+ Year Member

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    Don't know about MVP, but I have WPW pattern and went through the standard holter, echo, and thalium scan to get a waiver for my flying class iii when I was in the USAF.
     

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