In the U.S., a lot of Americans deal with high blood pressure. As a silent disease, many patients have no symptoms of the condition. Untreated high blood pressure can lead to serious medical events, such as heart attacks and strokes.
Commercial truckers with high blood pressure are at risk of having a medical emergency while on the road. This is why the Department of Transportation has regulations regarding physicals and blood pressure.
Can Truckers Have High Blood Pressure?
If you were diagnosed with high blood pressure, you do not have to quit trucking. The DOT requires you to keep your blood pressure under control. You have to keep your blood pressure 140/90. If you test higher than that, then you can keep your certification for a year or less, depending on your level of hypertension. All you have to do is lower your blood pressure before your next physical.
Can You Lower Your Blood Pressure?
There are ways that you can lower your blood pressure. The first way is through medication. The second is through lifestyle changes. Choose water instead of coffee or soda, avoid smoking and eat more fruits and vegetables. With adequate lifestyle changes, you can lower your blood pressure to a healthy level.
The DOT blood pressure physical does not have to be a stressor in your life. If you keep your blood pressure under control, you’ll keep your certification.