My friend has SVT

givpicachanc

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Dear Fellas
One of my friend who is a aspiring pilot just found out that he has a heart condition called Super Ventriculor Technocardia. Apparently he knew about it couse he could feel his heart beat faster some times But he ignored it thinkin it will be all right.His Doctor gave him a stress test were they found out that he did have this heart condition, Now the FAA knows about it and has sent him a letter sayin he could hold 2nd class till next year, they basically said he cant hold a medical after that and his flying career is over. Needles to say the poor guy is depressed and is wanting help .Is there any way we can salvage this? and if he could get a medical with restriction on it can he fly for corporate or the regionals. Please help us, his pain is becoming unbearable for all of us here at the school.
 

bayoubandit

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During my last medical, I got talking to the guy next to me. He has had several heartattacks and some sort of bypass surgery. He told me that once a year he must do a stress test that must be within certain perameters to maintain his medical. He did his stress test through his own doctor, and not a flight surgeon. I believe he said the most he could hold was a 3rd class medical. I hope the best of luck to your friend. I have seen a website or two that specializes in medical defects for pilots. I'm sure it would be wothwhile.
 

checkessential

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There may be ways around this issue. Possibly there is no treatment if it is congenital. However, there are certain guidelines the FAA uses to determine elegibility after discovering a heart condition. Usually after a period of observation, testing and treatment there are ways to have the medical reinstated. It is not guaranteed, but pilots with MI (heart attack) history have been able to obtain a first class once again. Furthermore, there are AME's who deal specifically with reinstating medical certificates. There are no guarantees, but it would be a good idea for him to contact one...
 

iaflyer

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If he is a member of AOPA, call them. Other people have had this problem, I'm sure, or other things heart related and got a 1st or second class medical. AOPA has all sorts of information about this, and can recommend heart specialists.

The FAA is concerned with flight safety (ok, don't laugh) so initally they are going to say "No". But, if he can get the right kind of data to back up a doctor's opinion that it's benign, he could get a new medical.

But, all the tests might get expensive. But, compared with the money involved in a flying career, it would be money well spent.

Good luck - iaflyer
 

KingAirer

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If the other avenues fail, he can still instruct without a medical as long as they arent student pilots..This of course if he already has his CFI or if he gets it before they take it .
 

JBHewlett

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Ok heres the deal

My dad, had SVT. Your friend may be in luck. The Cardiologist here in Murray, used to be and maybe still is (not sure if he still is) a navy flight surgeon. He said if they have a Naval pilot who developes SVT, they do a procedure (same thing my dad had done) called a radiofrequency ablation, that is done with a cardiac cath. If the naval pilots don't have any symptoms with in 6 month, he said they put them back on the flight line. Thats right back in the aircraft. Hey thats the military too!

Good luck to your friend,
J.
 

airjackson

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one last clarification...

Supra-Ventricular Tachycardia

not "super", or "technocardia"... I knew that Paramedic would come in handy again.
 
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