Why do Occupational medical service coffee in their waiting
Yet when it comes to coffee, the worst thing you can do
is to offer a cup to a truck driver. Especially if they are there for a DOT exam:
Studies – such as the one by the FMCSA - have prove
without a doubt that High Blood pressure is one of the most common
problem that Commercial drivers have. They have caused many injuries and deaths to innocent motorists and passengers do to strokes.
Medical Examiners have an obligation to not only help the patient,
but to also protect public safety.
Should a commercial driver with undiagnosed – and more importantly
untreated – High Blood pressure do to drinking a cup of coffee, it could mask the underlying effects of the disease.
As the blood levels of caffeine and its metabolites increase, the
driver may feel more alert. And the symptoms of High pressure –
such as increase of rate rate – can emerge. Caffeine also gives a “kick” to our blood pressure, and is actually a well-documented pressor (substance that elevates blood pressure). Increases tend to be mild, in the range of 5 to 10 mmHg. That’s regardless of how often you drink coffee or your caffeine tolerance, although there are always rare exceptions.