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EASA Class 1 medical - high blood pressure

Old 15th Jan 2024, 22:37
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EASA Class 1 medical - high blood pressure

Hello everyone.
Iíd like to ask if anyone around here has had their EASA class 1 medical approved when having high blood pressure. I currently have 135-140/80-89, depends on the reading. Iíve read that the EASA rules say that anyone with over 160/95 shall be assessed as unfit, but another website on Google says anyone over 140 will be rejected.
Id appreciate to get to know your experiences with this.

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Old 16th Jan 2024, 12:34
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Google is not your friend here!
160/95 is per EASA Regs See it in the Medical standards section. I looked it up before.
Bit hard to find.

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Old 21st Jan 2024, 21:24
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Strange... I read the higher limit to be true some time back but the AME told me it was 140/80. Regardless, if it's too high, they'll pop you on BP meds and you should be good to go. Better the BP is controlled than left to silently cause trouble in the background.
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Wrong.

EASA PART MED 140/80 is the maximum with 150 as a peek
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Originally Posted by Yrgwyn
Hello everyone.
I’d like to ask if anyone around here has had their EASA class 1 medical approved when having high blood pressure. I currently have 135-140/80-89, depends on the reading. I’ve read that the EASA rules say that anyone with over 160/95 shall be assessed as unfit, but another website on Google says anyone over 140 will be rejected.
Id appreciate to get to know your experiences with this.

Yrgwyn
You won’t be rejected because of BP simply because there is white coating. Even if your BP is high during the examination as long as the BP is decreasing over time is absolutely okay. Also, if you really have medical condition which increase your blood pressure is absolutely fine to have medication for high blood pressure and it’s approved by EASA. Nothing to worry about.

A good doctor will never put you on medication just because your blood pressure is high during the exam. They can ask you to record your blood pressure at home for two weeks and they will see the average.
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Im on an MPL, if need more info PM
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The last few years, I've had high BP readings in doctors' offices compared to much lower readings at pharmacies. The pharmacy BP machines were shut down early on in the pandemic; so I bought my own for a quite reasonable price. The one I have Bluetooths to an app on my tablet; so I now have a record going back some years which I share with my doctors.

​​​​​​If you have high BP readings while well rested at home with an empty bladder, you need to get that fixed before you get a stroke.
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A good doctor will never put you on medication just because your blood pressure is high during the exam. They can ask you to record your blood pressure at home for two weeks and they will see the average.
A few years back I registered with a new GP having moved house several years before and not got round to changing doctors earlier. A nurse ran through a questionnaire, checked my height and weight, all fine. Then took my blood pressure, double checked it, and asked me to wait while she spoke to a doctor. Reappeared a few minutes later with a prescription for blood pressure meds from a doctor I'd never met. I saw the doctor a few times afterwards to tweak the dose but that was how I initially got the medication.
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Originally Posted by Dr Jekyll
A few years back I registered with a new GP having moved house several years before and not got round to changing doctors earlier. A nurse ran through a questionnaire, checked my height and weight, all fine. Then took my blood pressure, double checked it, and asked me to wait while she spoke to a doctor. Reappeared a few minutes later with a prescription for blood pressure meds from a doctor I'd never met. I saw the doctor a few times afterwards to tweak the dose but that was how I initially got the medication.
Your doctor should give his diploma. This is crazy
I hope you didnít use those medications
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It is your choice to take BP medication. I have had dreadful white coat syndrome over the years even since my twenties. More bizarre that my own father was a doctor and when he took the BP at the family home it came rocketing down. I had the same AME for many years and he was a fantastic, pragmatic doctor, closely aligned with Formula 1 so he may be recognized by older viewers (!). This doctor took a practical view of my bp issues due to his wisdom and experience. After he retired it mildly unraveled for me as the local to Edinburgh AME would not listen to my story, just suspended my licence and told me to get it sorted with minimal bedside manner. I have my own BP machine which gives me reasonable numbers for my advancing years without medication. Personally I have been put off by the potential side effects of medication. I manage my weight with relatively careful eating and moderate but not too extreme exercise, basically walking every day. By the way, as you get older 140/80 is not bad for middle age and upwards. The limit for Emirates is 140/90 and they will certainly let you know if your waistline and / or BP increases.!

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Its 160/95

you can find the regs here EASA REGIt's a bit difficult to find.Make.a page search under "160 mmHg systolic"

If your doctor says differen,t I strongly suggest that you change him before he stops your career.
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PPrune at it's best, again. Some GP's mean well but way - off the ballgame. Pilots, stay off the pills if you can . Monitor carefully yourselves. Stay within parameters as advised by other posters.

I just changed doctors. Quick MOT revealed BP of 133. I see that is within EASA, and I wouldn't even raise an eyebrow at the highly selective Emirates Board.

Of course, new GP (age 44) was less experienced than me (age 77) but did what he does and simply stated that the BP was high. ER yes. ( I would have said ;"slightly raised"). Had he asked, I would have told that changing Doctors had been a heart seizure inducing experience (HSI syndrom for the new Doc's). Nothing that morning had worked in my cyber world, dropped two full mugs of tea and couldn't even log into Pprune. Phone landline still hooked but old phone didn't ring when people called.. Oh, undergoing eye condition surgery which involved 11 jabs directly into the eye and now, good progress, into three lazer shots in both eyes. Second due later that day.

And Doc says;" Let's just check your BP" ! Oh bless.

Another Poster reminded me of the Knee jerk( pun intended) by some Nurse. I was on Class one renewal standard ECG. Nurse was sweet and looked controlled, measured, calming as she viewed the squigley lines which indicated that while on the ECG machine, I was, in fact, having a seizure. She called the Doc (Brill Egyptian Fella) who took her to one side, raised voices, came back in and said I was on the broken machine he had briefed all not to use... Got me Class one but got home and poured myself the biggest double Jack & Coke.
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