ATC Med Question- Pulmonary Valve Stenosis

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mbalunda

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At birth I was diagonised with Pulmonary Valve Stenosis. Since it was caught early I was always under a Drs supervision regarding the issue. I went to Childrens Memorial Hospital in Chicago on a yearly basis for checkups. Basically just had EKG and ECHO cardiograms on a yearly basis. When I was 12 years old I ended up having a balloon pulmonary valvuloplasty. After the procedure I continued to go to the hospital for regular visits until I was about 21 or 22 years old. At that time they decided my condition wasn't likely to change and that I would no longer need to go on a regular basis, but that it was something I should obviously be aware of in the future. It's been several years since I've been(I'm now 26). I was never given any type of physical restrictions nor have I ever had to take any type of medication(Besides antibotics before any oral procedures to prevent Endocarditis). Is this something that could be medically disqualifying for me? I certainly hope it isn't, since it's never really been an issue. Even after the procedure I was back to playing sports within 2 weeks so this isn't anything that has effected the way I've been able to live my life at all.

I guess my question is would the FAA consider this any type of red flag in my medical history? In addition to that would it be wise to visit my cardiologist to get a more current picture of what is going on in case I get far enough into the process to need medical clearence? After my 21st birthday I was referred to the Northwestern Medical Center in Chicago, but I've not been for a checkup since. I imagine it's probably a good idea to get my medical history updated....just looking for any advice you can provide.

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Mike
 

mbalunda

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Thanks for the response.

I've got an appointment set up at the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Hopefully they can provide the FAA with any information they might need.
 
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