Nursing with a Heart Problem?

  1. I am just wondering if anyone here is a nurse with a heart problem?

    I would prefer to not get into the specifics, but I have just been diagnosed with a heart problem and I am wondering if I will still be able to handle nursing. My doctor has asked me to reduce my stress level, but did not specify any work restrictions (we did not discuss my future plans).

    Should I still go ahead with my plans? Should I sit down and talk with my doctor again and ask about this?

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   oramar
    It really makes a big difference what kind of heart problem you have. Are you seeing a cardiologist? If the condition is just being managed by a GP or family doctor perhaps you could ask for a referal. A talk with a specialist about going into a nursing program would help you make up your mind. Heart problems range from mild to sever and the sever ones could make being a nurse very difficult. However, some of the mild ones can be managed easily while you are going to nursing school. For instance, I know several nurses with mitral valve prolaspe who managed to go to nursing without problems. Hope that helps, best of luck to you.
  4. by   nicudaynurse
    I would get the opinion of your doctor. I know a nurse that was diagnosed with Coarction of the Aorta at age 33! She had been a nurse a few years prior to that. During her heart cath. her aorta ruptured. She has since recovered and went back to work within 5 months. Her doctor did recommend that she have a less stressfull job and she is working in a clinic/office type setting. She is doing fine. As long as your heart condition isn't progressive I think you should be able to be a nurse.
  5. by   Tookie
    I currently have some heart problems and am going through tests etc at the moment - I have been off work since end of march - I am hoping my test next week will decide the reason for the problems - However l have been in bursing for over 30 years and none of these probelsm before - I do however feel that my life style (long term effects of nursing - ie night duty etc have contributed to my condition)
    However as stated by oramar it depends upon what the probelm and the management of the probelm
    ALthough currently not working - i have been well supported by my workplace and intend to return to work there - once l am fully recovered - l will add here that l am and have not been in a hands on position for a little while now - that is more due to my chronic back

    I just read what l have written - l have not menat this as a whinge - however l do think that your deciion will depend on what is actually happening to your body - dont let go of your dreams until you know your diagnosis.
    Cheers
    Tookie
  6. by   FutureNurse2005
    Thank you for your thoughts. I have made an appointment to speak with my dr in detail and for now, will not be giving up on my dream.

    Thanks again
  7. by   passing thru
    Keep in touch & let us know what the doc advises.
    Good luck.

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