Cerebrovascular Conditions

Neurological (Nervous System)—Cerebrovascular Conditions: TIA, Stroke

Cerebrovascular Conditions

Special issuance medical recertification is possible following a cerebrovascular event, including e strokes, transient ischemic attacks, transient global amnesia, or other disturbances of consciousness.

Following a stroke, the FAA requires a full two years of uneventful recovery and observation.  In addition, the following is also required:

  • medical records of treatment and hospitalization, if any;
  • a current neurological evaluation;• Neurocognitive testing
  • a current echocardiogram and a carotid Doppler ultrasound;
  • If the stroke is related to a heart or vascular condition such as atrial fibrillation or carotid artery disease, a cardiovascular evaluation will also be required.

A TIA (transient ischemic attack) is considered a “mini-stroke” with only a brief disruption of blood supply to the brain.  A two year recovery period is required following a TIA; however, if the cause of the event can be identified and corrected, such as carotid artery disease or atrial fibrillation, the FAA may reconsider the case in less than two years.  Required records and testing includes:

  • complete treatment record
  • a current neurological evaluation; 
  • a current cardiovascular evaluation;
  • a carotid Doppler ultrasound;
  • a current M Mode/2D echocardiogram; 
  • MRA or CTA of head and neck:
  • Neurocognitive testing will be required if clinically indicated

Transient Global Amnesia is a sudden and temporary period of memory loss that is not associated with a more common neurological condition.  A period of one year of symptom-free recovery without recurrence is required for any class of medical certification.  The FAA will require treatment records and a current neurological evaluation.

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