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Can you join the us military with a coarctation of the aorta?

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Dr. Rodolfo Farhy answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Aorta coarctation: I do not believe that the army will allow you to join ranks. Aortic coarctation is a condition that often requieres surgery at early age and patients need a very good blood pressure control often with medications. You might need to choose a different carreer.

Answered 5/9/2014

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Dr. Elden Rand answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Not without a waiver: At least in the army- not without review and separate approval. This is a condition which can not be in the military without a waiver: h. Current or history of congenital anomalies of heart and great vessels (746), except for corrected patent ductus arteriosus, do not meet the standard. Reference: ar40-501 standards of medical fitness.

Answered 10/21/2013

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