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Working On An Airliner After Open Heart Surgery?

Posted: Fri Aug 17, 2007 8:53 pm
by WF2BNN
I've been hired by an airline to work as Cabin Crew - and in a week I will do my medical check up. I'm borne with an aorta (main artery from the heart) that was to thin, witch led to me having two surgeries to correct it. It's now fine and I'm just like any other human. When I called to book my doctors appointment I mentioned this to them - as I did during the interview with the airline - and the doctor I talked to addressed some concern due to my condition and me being able to work as a cabin crew. So I was asked to bring a letter from the people that treated me explaining my previous condition.

Are any of you working in the air treated for something similar? Will I have any problem with the medical exam? I'm in good health, good BP, perfect vision and hearing.

Thanks,

Mateo

RE: Working On An Airliner After Open Heart Surgery?

Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 5:14 am
by PITSpeedbird
as a surgical resident in the US - i dont believe you are at increased risk of
any kind

do you take blood thinners / or any kind of platelet agent btw? if yes, i dont think
it should be any problem

- regards

PITSpeedbird

RE: Working On An Airliner After Open Heart Surgery?

Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:21 am
by WF2BNN
No PITSpeedbird, I don't have any need - nor ever had any need for any blood thinners or any kind of platelet agent. The only thing I have been advised by the surgeon is to not do any body building - as this will put an enormous stress on my wains and heart. This is just as a precautionary. I never experienced to be any different from anyone else - I've done sky diving, hang gliding, flown ultralights etc. So, I mean - If I can do that, I would be surprised if the airline doctor says I'm unfit to be a flight attendant.

Thanks for the info, and if you know anymore of the requirements of health to work as cabin crew, and if I should not worry - I would be glad to hear it.

By the way, I'm just about to turn 26 if that matters. My surgeries was done just after being borne and at 16, as you know the tissue from the surgery to the aorta did not grow at the same speed as the rest of the tissue - another surgery was needed at that time to make sure the blood flow was ok.

Best regards,

Mateo

RE: Working On An Airliner After Open Heart Surgery?

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:07 pm
by WF2BNN
UPDATE:

I had my medical yesterday - and got approved to work as a flight attendant  bigthumbsup  I must tell you - there are a lot of test you have to go trough. The flight attendant class starts Monday and is a four week intensive course. I'm scheduled to start flying in mid October  airplane  I can't wait  Smile

Mateo

RE: Working On An Airliner After Open Heart Surgery?

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 8:25 pm
by antonovman
Good luck to you and I hope you enjoy it