Before visiting our office for your DOT physical, please download the patient registration form and the DOT medical history-examination form from the patient forms tab, and complete these prior to your visit. This procedure will make your office appointment time more efficient. If you cannot download these forms, or cannot complete them prior to your visit, they will be provided at our office. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment time to allow ample time for completion of forms.
THE CDL/DOT PHYSICAL EXAMINATION: WHAT IS NEEDED
Bring any medical records you may have.
Bring a list of medications you are currently taking.If you wear eyeglasses/contact lenses be sure to bring them. (Many people forget these) Drink plenty of water-a urinalysis exam also will be conducted. The urinalysis exam tests for protein, blood, glucose (sugar) and specific gravity. The urinalysis is conducted to determine if there is an early beginning or any indication of kidney dysfunction.
SPECIFIC INFORMATION TO BRING:
If you have been diagnosed with a diabetic condition-please bring a list of medications and the name of the prescribing doctor.
If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure-please bring a list of medications and the name of the prescribing doctor.
If you have been diagnosed with a heart condition-(cardiovascular disease, heart attack, etc)-please bring a copy of your last exercise tolerance test (stress test) and the name of the doctor who performed them.If you have been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea-please bring a copy of your latest sleep test results, and the name of the doctor who ordered or performed them.If you are taking any medications-please bring a list of all prescription medications you are taking including the strength and dosage. If you regularly take over the counter medications such as antacid or allergy medications, please bring a list of these also.
CONTACT INFORMATION-please have the names, phone numbers and email addresses if possible, of your doctors in case we need to call them or have them fax or email information to us.
THE CDL/DOT PHYSICAL EXAMINATION: THINGS TO DO TO MANAGE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
Make sure you don’t run out of your prescribed blood-pressure medication.Remember to take your medication on schedule. If you forget, most doctors recommend taking your medication as soon as possible.If you’re significantly late taking your medication, tell the doctor conducting the DOT physical you forgot to take your regular medication. If your blood pressure is too high, ask to have it rechecked later that day – or even the following day.Cutting back on caffeine and nicotine can help improve your blood pressure.Reducing the amount of salty foods you eat and avoiding adding salt to your food can also help to lower your blood pressure. (30 percent of idiopathic hypertension [high blood pressure] is related to reduced potassium levels – Ask your physician.)Invest in a blood pressure cuff- you would not drive with out gauges working in your truck. A blood pressure cuff is your gauges for your body.Cut back on coffee, sodas, energy drinks, potato chips, etc, and don’t add salt to your food. Also reduce your use of nicotine as much as possible. Doing this can help lower your blood pressure reading.