Medical tests for C1 at 70 years old.

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  1. joka250

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    Hi everyone. Sorry to start a new thread on such a well covered topic such as this but I am short of one small piece of information. When I reach 70 (imminent ) I have to take a stress test on the treadmill as I have a heart problem. I know that they use the first 3 elements of something called the Bruce protocol, 1.7 m p h at 10% incline, 2.5 m p h at 12% incline and 3.4 m p h at 14% incline but can't seem to find info on period of time and whether the 3 are carried out on continuous basis.
    If any one has been through this process I would be grateful if you could give some idea of timing and anything else you think might help. Getting into training at the moment and hope to survive long enough to do test and maybe get C1 renewed.
    Many thanks.
     
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    Hi don’t think your figures are quite correct but close, I did it 2 years ago and it is all in one a total of 9minutes. Regards Barrie
     
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    I did it last year in September and my licence was renewed in November. They didn't stop me driving whilst the test results were carried out. I had my heart trouble whilst in the south of France. The surgeon stated no driving for 48 hours after hospital discharge. He also added the French don't do namby pamby.
    Good luck.
     
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    My understanding is that changes have been made in recent times by our beloved DVLA and each element is for a specific time but they can't or won't give specifics, they say that is determined by the medics not them. The figures I quote are supplied by the NHS so I assume they are correct, my informant at the N H S tells me that 3 minutes per element is the norm quoted for athletics evaluation but that would be a total of 7 elements and 21 minutes. While this confirms your 9 minutes, for which many thanks, my cardiology dept tells me they " think" this is no longer the case. I will work on your 9 minutes for now, it can't be any worse.
    Importantly are you able to say how you coped.
     
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    It certainly was 9 mins when I had to do it 18 months ago. It is a bit like medieval torture if you like me have leg and hip problems. The hospital staff were very helpful but the test is the test
     
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    As you mentioned the DVLA, may I say how helpful their medical department proved to be in my own case, not heart related, when I was medically banned for 6 months. They kept in touch, sorted out my licence which ran out in my banned period and were generally supportive.
     
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    Continuous 9 minutes 3 x3 minutes increasing speed and incline.
    Had my exercise ECG at beginning or September and new licence was granted beginning of October.
    I nearly called it a day half way through the second 3 minutes but stuck at it although I really struggled on last 3 minutes.
     
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    Thank you for that, I hope the struggle was worth it.
     
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    9 minutes appears to be the standard time for an ECG treadmill test.
    I had one a couple of years ago, not age/licence related though, and was told it lasted 9 minutes.....i managed just 3 minutes before it was stopped.
    That test led to a triple heart bypass 14 months ago.
    Today I could easily exceed 9 minutes.
     
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    My husband did the test and failed on one reading resulting in having his licence revoked. It turned out the hospital had not administered the test correctly. We appealed and following more tests he has his licence reinstated. That is cutting a very long story short. The main point is that the hospital require you to stop taking your meds 48 hours before for a diagnostic test. The DVLA advise that you take your meds. So don't stop taking them.
     
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