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Spencer, December 3,  2017  1:33pm EST

AFib... Am I Employable?

OK... so I have AFib.  Yeah for me.  I will be leaving my current career in a year or so and will be moving on to another second career.  Will my next employer employ me with my medical condition?  I have been gone quite a bit with my all my medical issues and they have been understanding but there is a point at which the cost is greater than the benefit.  Have any of you had an issue with employer?  How much can an employer pry into my medical history?  Asking because I really don't know. 
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  • Joekas
    Joekas, December 4,  2017  12:58am EST
    Kind of hard to answer. Lot of different types of work and everyone's a-fib is different. With Hippa laws Employers are limited on what they can ask. I walk 6-8 miles a day at work Plus lift and carry heavy objects. The Dr. visits are taking a toll on my Vacation but F.M.L.A. is covering my absence's.
  • MatthewH
    MatthewH, December 4,  2017  3:05am EST
    I believe they can give you the job requirements and ask you if you are able to fulfill them. They, in the USA, cannot ask for a medical history. Best of luck,Matthew
  • Spencer
    Spencer, December 4,  2017  4:29am EST
    Thanks for the info.  Where I work now they know everything and have been supportive with time off that is not being charged.  That has been a god send.Will have to take off the medic alert bracelet for the interviews.  I can work and tend to put in hellish hours as I feel that I need to be doing something productive all the time or I am wasting time so whomever employs me will get a good bargain. Thanks again for the info... it makes me feel a lot better.
  • LarryG
    LarryG, December 4,  2017  4:30am EST
    Generally, YES!  Especially if your AF symptoms are stable, not debilitating, and don't interfere with carrying out duties / requirements of the position.  Many with AF work FT jobs.Simply, employers need people that they can rely on to perform the needed work. However, call outs / absences, beyond the allowable numbers -- and these vary among employers, could definitely pose  problems.All the best to you!/L
  • milano
    milano, December 4,  2017  4:55am EST
    SpencerI think you should wait until after your ablation and your recovery to make any long term decisions.  I am hoping your ablation will go very well and this issue of medical reporting will not be a problem.  We all want quick answers and solutions to our problems.  Unfortunately medical science, because of lack of funding and priorities,  cannot completey solve our problem.   I hope you have chosen a career that will bring you joy and a lot less stress.  I think that would help your heart.Dick
  • Spencer
    Spencer, December 4,  2017  11:42am EST
    Milano - the question for me is rather longterm.  I have an employer now and am not planning on leaving till maybe late this year.  My only concern is that will or should I fully disclose my medical fitness to my employer.  They are hiring me to do a job and I want to be able to do that job, but my heart my preclude that.  I would not want to be hired under false or unrealistic pretenses.
  • milano
    milano, December 4,  2017  1:11pm EST
    SpencerYou will not know if your heart may preclude doing the job until after the ablation and recovery.  We do not know what type of  job you are talking about.   Does it require physical or mental stress or both?  This year is almost over.  I think I would tell them of your problem.  If they want you, they will wait to see how you do.  This is easy for me to say since I am not in your position. There are many people with afib who are very productive.    Dick
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