Trucker Hypertension

The trucking industry involves a great deal of risk in terms of liability and the possibility of accidents. Insuring the trucks, business and drivers themselves is vital in order to protect against financial loss, but it is still important to take measures to ensure the safest possible situation. One example of this is the requirement of a regular physical checkup to check drivers’ health. One of the biggest concerns involved is the DOT blood pressure.

What Is Hypertension?

Many health issues can arise from having too high of a blood pressure, which is why it’s so important to have a healthy level when being a truck driver. Heart problems can lead to heart attacks and other sudden difficulties that could be potentially dangerous while driving. If the measured DOT blood pressure is too high, you won’t get a full certifaction or any at all.

  • Below 140/90: non-hypertension.

    The driver is qualified for atwo-year certification.

  • 140-159/90-99: stage 1 hypertension.

    The driver will receive a one-year certification, during which you are expected to lower your blood pressure to below 140/90 to receive annual year-long certifications.

  • 160-179/100-109: stage 2 hypertension.

    A three-month certification is given to the driver while they take antihypertensive medication, and will then be annually checked for 140/90 or lower.

Above 180/110: stage 3 hypertension. DOT blood pressure this high will result in no certification until the blood pressure is at or below 140/90, and will then require biannual checkups.