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Readiness for Firefighting: A Heart Transplant Patient’s Quest to Return to Work Warburton, Darren E. R.; Taylor, Arlana; Jamnik, Veronica K.; Gledhill, Norman; Bredin, Shannon S. D.


Heart transplantation patients generally demonstrate exercise capacities that are below the minimal standards for firefighting. Therefore, it is unlikely that heart transplantation patients will receive medical and/or employer clearance for active duty. We report a case of a firefighter who sought to return to full-time active duty following heart transplantation. We examined his physiological readiness to return to work during occupation-specific testing. Remarkably, the patient was able to meet the minimal requirements for full active firefighting. This finding provides direct evidence to support the potential of transplant patients returning to active duty in physiologically demanding occupations.

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