Ectopic Ventricular Beat

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  1. Hi Guys

    I know this a long shot but i'm hoping someone will have some idea about this.
    I'm applying to become and MCD, passed the interview etc. Next up - medical.
    4 years ago i was diagnosed as having an EVB. Its very minor, does not hamper me in any way, and it does in no way prevent me from diving recreationally. I dive regulalry to 40m on air and i've had zero ill effects from it.
    I'm not sure if this will crop up in my medical, and how the doc will look at it... ie will he/she says its a no go, or will they need to do further tests?

    Just wondered if anyone had the same thing? cardiologist reckons its very common but shouldn't prevent me diving.
  2. Hi,

    As far as I can see it's not an automatic bar to entry. However, it is something that the AFCO medical examiner will need to be made aware of and they will then make a decision on whether it's OK for you to join.

    My advice is take along any paperwork you have been given about your condition, otherwise they will only ask you to get info from your own GP.

    Best of luck



    Page 1 subsection 3.4.4

    There's no specific mention of EVB (PVC, VPB), but the section is about Disturbances of Rhythm. It mentions that, provided you do not require medication to suppress the problem and it is asymptomatic then you will be treated on a case by case basis. You should therefore go to your medical and see what happens, but you will most likely be referred to a service specialist.

    Oh yeah - and I'm not a doctor :S. So don't listen to me.

    Super Mario is in an AFCO, so listen to him.
  4. First of all what is EVB?
  5. There was no such an animal when i learnt ECG rhythms etc. PVC's etc maybe but not EVB.

    The issue is whether the ectopic affects your everyday life or whether you need meds to control it i think. As supermario said though its best to get it checked out by one of those doctor types.
  6. I mean is it a heart condition or something similar???
  7. Its basically where there is a difference is the way the electrical pathways run through the heart. It can be quite common for a young person to have some sort of ectopic beat etc and it doesn't actually have any effect on your everyday life or need meds to control it.

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