There are certain health requirements that CMV drivers must meet in order to maintain their commercial drivers license. Each driver should pass a DOT physical examination with a certified medical examiner every 24 months to be eligible for a DOT medical certificate. When it comes to DOT physicals, blood pressure is a frequent concern for drivers.
Have Questions Regarding Your DOT Physical or Blood Pressure? Here Are Some Tips:
- As part of a DOT physical, blood pressure should be measured by a certified healthcare professional
- Normal blood pressure should be around 110/70, but can vary by individual
- Hypertension (high blood pressure) often has no symptoms, so it is important to get regular check-ups
- If hypertension goes untreated it could cause multiple medical issues including heart, kidney, or vision failure
- With so many risks associated with blood pressure, an abnormal blood pressure measurement could put your CDL at risk
- A medical professional may do multiple blood pressure readings during a DOT physical to ensure an accurate measurement. A single high reading does not always mean you have hypertension
- Blood pressure is not the only thing tested in a DOT physical
Other evaluations included in the DOT physical may include:
- Drug and alcohol tests
- Vision and hearing exams
- A driver’s medical or mental history, if the medical examiner feels it is relevant to the DOT physical
The purpose of checking blood pressure during a DOT physical is to ensure a CMV driver is capable of doing their job safely. With so many risks associated with hypertension, CMV drivers with healthy blood pressure are vital in keeping our roads safe.
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