Heart and Circulatory System

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

The FAA will generally not consider any case in which an untreated aneurysm exceeds 4.5 cm in size.

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Angina, Angioplasty, Bypass, CAD, Heart Attack, Stent

The FAA will require a recovery and stabilization period before you begin testing.

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Arrhythmia (Irregular Heartbeat)

The FAA issues medical certificates for many types of arrhythmias.

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Cardiomyopathy

FAA approval for this condition can be difficult but not impossible for 3rd class certification.

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Cardiovascular Evaluation 

These specifications have been developed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to determine an applicant's eligibility for airman medical certification.

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Hypertension

Your blood pressure needs to be in a range that the FAA considers to be controlled, with or without medication.

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Mitral Valve Prolapse

The FAA currently allows individuals with mitral valve prolapse, who are without symptoms, to continue flying and report the condition at their next FAA physical exam.

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Pacemaker

Most pacemakers are now eligible for FAA certification, if the heart rate is controlled. Applicants will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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Patent Foramen Ovale

A six-month recovery and stabilization period is required after PFO correction, before you can apply for medical recertification.

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Stress Echocardiogram

All stress testing should achieve 100% of predicted maximum heart rate unless medically contraindicated or prevented either by symptoms or concurrent medication.

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Valve Replacement and Repair

After the six-month recovery period is completed you will need to undergo a current cardiovascular evaluation and obtain copies of hospital medical records.

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Special Issuance Authorization after Heart Transplantation

Following a long moratorium, the FAA is once again considering for special issuance applicants who have had a cardiac transplant.

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Bruce Protocol Test

The Bruce protocol is a standard test in cardiology and is comprised of multiple exercise stages of 3 minutes each.

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Blood Clots

Learn about blood clots and how medication will affect recertification.

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Submit to the FAA

Helps you find the contact information for submitting your medical records.

Updated October 27, 2009