Advice in getting medical back after mechanical aortic valve replacement (10yrs ago)
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I have been out of flying for 18yrs. I left with my 3rd class medical and a private complex ticket. I currently am on Warfin and have had no issues. I am a police officer still and also pass my commercial drivers license medical every year. Anyone have advice on attempting to get my 3rd class medical back? I have an appointment with a new Cardiologist in June and would like to be prepared. I have all my surgical notes and pervious test. Any advice would be great. New Member and I look forward to flying again!
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You may want to consider having the testing reviewed before providing the confirmation number for your application to an AME's office. If there are any concerns for denial, you can make an informed decision before you submit. A denial eliminates you from having the option to use a driver's license only to fly LSA.
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https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/avs/offices/aam/ame/guide/media/CardiacValveReplacementProtocol.pdf

Note this covers both tissue and mechanical valves as well as addressing warfarin (Coumadin) use.
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In addition to the op note, the echo, the cath report, and the stress treadmill, and the holter you’ll need the last six regularly spaced INRs in the 2.0-3.0 range. Harder then it looks....start the dietary discipline, NOW!
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Scratch At AOPA:
You may want to consider having the testing reviewed before providing the confirmation number for your application to an AME's office. If there are any concerns for denial, you can make an informed decision before you submit. A denial eliminates you from having the option to use a driver's license only to fly LSA.

I so totally do ONLY this approach. Why would one go before what amounts to a federal board of inquiry without already known that you "have it in the bag".