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Discussion in 'New to Scuba Diving' started by browny2004, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. browny2004

    browny2004 New Member

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    Hi all,
    Has anyone needed a medical to start diving? I want to start my O/W soon but I’m taking ramipril for hypertension. Spoken to my doctors and the receptionist said I’m best to go private to get the declaration signed


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  2. JohnL

    JohnL Well-Known Member

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    Just a lurker who gave up diving earlier this year. My view would be that better safe than sorry and that you would do well to seek out a doctor who specialises in diving. In any event, you will have to sign a form each new place you go to that asks among many other questions whether you have hypertension - a yes will require a doctor's sign-off.

    Others will reply soon; I was lucky enough that I only had to get a doctor's signature for countries that required it for the over '70s. Good luck with your diving career; warning it's addictive!
     
  3. splinter

    splinter Active Member

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    Hi. If you need a medical, you may be able to get your gp to do it but it's probably best to get a doctor who knows about diving to do it. You can use the link below to find one near you.

    http://www.ukdmc.org/medical-referees/

    If you're anywhere near the midlands I can reccomend Dr Margaret Clamp in Nottingham.

    Good luck and enjoy your diving.

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  4. browny2004

    browny2004 New Member

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    Thanks for the link but I’m in South Wales


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    Lots of divers have hypertension and take Ramipril for it. So long as the BP is well managed, there's no reason to be banned from diving.
    You will need a medical sign off from a UKDMC referee. This usually costs between £50-£80. Find one here: http://www.ukdmc.org/medical-referees/

    One thing about Ramipril is that one of the common side effects is a dry cough, which isn't ideal underwater, so Losartan is an alternative. I ended up on Amlodipine which works well for me and my medical referee is happy with it.

    There's a few articles about blood pressure on Midland Diving Chamber's website:
    http://midlandsdivingchamber.co.uk/index.php?id=advice&page=6&cat=12&sub_cat=81
    http://midlandsdivingchamber.co.uk/index.php?id=advice&page=6&cat=5&sub_cat=50
     
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