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The road back after heart problems

from By Paul Engstrom, Aviation Writer and IFA member

For aviators with an ailing heart, a heart that simply ticks isn't good enough for the FAA, even if you've undergone a medical procedure to correct a problem or are in good physical health otherwise. To regain a third class medical certificate, you'll have to meet sky-high standards.

The good news is that many pilots do return to the cockpit after numerous heart-related issues. Each year, the FAA recertifies more than 3,000 private pilots who've had a heart attack, for example, and more than 2,300 whose coronary arteries have been cleared by angioplasty. But it takes intelligent planning, initiative, optimism and hard work to regain the FAA's blessing. Learn more. more


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