Joining The Army

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  1. Hi all,
    I have a question about joining the army: I have hypocardiomyopathy (think thats how it's spelt) which is a heart complaint and was wondering would i be able to join or would i be refused on medical grounds?
    Many thanks for any input,
    Chris
     
  2. Hi Chris

    I think that woul proably be a no im affraid but check with your local careers office to findout more info or click the link below then click on ask questions.

    http://www.armyjobs.mod.uk/

    I hope this helps

    stilts
     
  3. Hi there, unfortunately not being a doctor, I have no idea what your medical condition is. But using my knowledge of Latin and medical terms, I am assuming it is a Heart Murmur or something similar?

    The best course of action would be to visit the recruiting office and have a chat with the nice people there, and talk through any options available to you. If they think you will be OK with your condition, as part of the process you will receive at least one medical. If there is a problem then I am sure this will be highlighted to you.

    If the Iron is about, he is normally a good source of knowledge when it comes to all things recruiting, maybe he can offer you some advice?

    Good luck anyway.


    T_M
     
  4. Cardiomyopathy?

    Sudden death without prior warning can occur. Some cases present with "forward failure" of the heart and exhibit exercise intolerance.


    Not exactly a good condition to have if contemplating basic training.

    I do hope you are seeing your doctor about this.
     
  5. Paint the guy a gloomy picture why don't you Steven!!

    After a quick google search I found this definition:

    "A disorder in which the heart muscle is so strong that it does not relax enough to fill with the heart with blood and so has reduced pumping ability"

    Doesn't sound great, granted. But as said before, I am not a medical expert. Let the doctors decide, after all they are the proffesionals!

    T_M
     
  6. Thank you T_M for those nice words Ill stop blackmailing you now and return the photos of you and the donkey :D

    As said really the best thing to do is go to te ACIO an start an application, get your GP to fill out thr RG8 medical forms and then the SMO at ADSC will make the decision for you. The Recruiter online or at the ACIO wouldnt really be able to give you accurate information as its all down to the SMO. If your RG8 is accepted to proceed and your found medical suitable to continue to attend ADSC you will have your medical for real and would be examined and maybe sent onto specialist for heart murmour tests. Hope this helps.
     
  7. It wasn't the donkey photos I was bothered about!!! :D
     
  8. Oops sorry :wink: That definition is for Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in CATS and DOGS :twisted:

    Not nearly as fatal for humans.

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001105.htm
     
  9. Steven, stand easy my friend!! :D
     
  10. Thanks for all the info steven you had me worried about the sudden death thing! until i read last post :D
    cheers
    Chris