Heart Condition

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  1. hotwheelsearl

    hotwheelsearl Member

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    I am a sophomore with an AFROTC scholarship.
    I have a reoccurring heart condition where I experience an irregular heartbeat for a short period of time, after which I will feel like crap for a day or two after.
    I haven't been diagnosed with anything, but im wondering if this will get me dropped from the program for medical reasons.
     
  2. USMAROTCFamily

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    I would think undiagnosed heart conditions would be problematic. You say you have not been diagnosed, yet, have you gone in to the doctor regarding the issue yet?
     
  3. hotwheelsearl

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    I haven't gone to the doctor because I didn't want anything on my record; however with field training coming up this summer I'm genuinely worried about my health and aggravating the condition. I have a family history of heart attacks and strokes so things are looking grim.

    I can't straight up drop out of ROTC without a good reason, but I figured that a heart condition would be a good enough "excuse".
     
  4. Juvat

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    My advice to you comes from me as a Dad. Go to the doctor, find out what is going on. This sounds serious and goes way beyond AFROTC. For your family's sake, see a doctor then worry about AFROTC implications.
     
  5. NavyHoops

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    I would be more worried about your health first than ROTC. It might be nothing, it might be easily controlled, it might be a minor procedure to fix, it could be major. You willing to take that risk? If you are found medically DQ'd I would think you probably get walking papers with no payback if on scholarship. But I wouldn't jump to any conclusions at this point. I would go to the doctor and see what they say. Better safe than sorry.
     
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    Thanks for your help everybody! I was going to stick it through and hope for the best, but if rather not, you know, die or anything haha
     
  7. USMAROTCFamily

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    Yes, I think you should definitely seek the doctor. I could me nothing more than stress or anxiety causing it, but if it is something more, than it is better to be safe than sorry.
     
  8. Sampia

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    Do not assume the worst but get it checked out. Irregular heart beats can have various causes. Please don't feel that "things are looking grim". Premature atrial contracts, which feel like skipped beats, are not unusual. But that is only one type of irregularity. Get an EKG. However, you may need one that is portable, to be worn for a few days to try and record the unusual pattern. Nothing painful, just irritating. Please get it checked out ASAP, even if only to put your mind at ease.
     

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