Blood Pressure/Pulse Rate Issues During Medical Examination

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  1. VARed

    VARed New Member

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    I was offered a scholarship for AFROTC and thus began the DoDMERB process. I am a Jersey City, NJ resident and had my medical exam scheduled to be today February 25th, 2010 at Brooklyn, NY.

    The weather this morning was heavy snow and a high of 33 degrees Fahrenheit, feeling like 21 degrees Fahrenheit. My only means of getting to my medical exam was approximately 1.5 miles of walking split between two subway rides. By the time I reached the medical facility I was both wet and cold.

    I was questioned for my unusually high blood pressure and later on the doctor put me down for having a "resting" pulse rate of over 100, marking the "Heart" column as abnormal and writing "tachycardia" on the notes section.

    Beyond having no medical history for tachycardia or high blood pressure, this is nothing like my usual blood pressure and pulse rates measured when I visit my local physician for sports physicals under ordinary circumstances. I have reason to believe that my exposure to cold weather and means of travel to the medical examination facility has rendered measurements of my blood pressure and resting pulse rate inaccurate.

    I understand that there is a standard of having a measured "resting" pulse rate over 100 being grounds for disqualification.

    Although my medical exam was just taken today, is there any way to refute or update my recorded "resting" pulse rate due before DoDMERB reviews and processes the results of my medical examination, or must I first wait for that process to complete before acting?

    I am deeply concerned of this impending setback to a venture I have put a lot of time and effort in, so I appreciate all responses. I would very much like to realize my aspiration of becoming a commissioned USAF officer. Thanks again.
     
  2. awhin3

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    The best advice I could give you is to contact Mr. Mullen at larry.mullen@dodmerb.tma.osd.mil. Give him your story, and your last name+last 4 digits of your ssn.
     
  3. MullenLE

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    I concur. I will be working all night Sat and much of Sunday:thumb:
     
  4. awhin3

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    I'm in the same boat as you right now. I just noticed that I had remedials requested. I'm not positive what they are for yet, but I'm guessing its my blood pressure because it was 134/84 at the exam. Hopefully this won't cause any problems. I mean a day before the exam I had my physical for baseball, and my blood pressure was 122/64.
     
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