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judyldavis71 I have one child that is 13 years old and been married for 20 years Find out more about judyldavis71
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    My son was diagnosed with HCM when he was 12 years old. He had a defibrillator implanted at the age of 17. He has never had an episode but due to him riding dirt bikes and does have slight scaring they felt he needed it.. Now he is 22 years old and has so many career ideas but, he most likely wont pass a physical due to limitations of not lifting over 50lbs. He was in college for engine repair and now he in school for the Applied process tech class, you can work at refineries. Just found out he most likely will not get a job in that field. His defibrillator is an issue, he thought about cardiac sonogram, it states you have to be able to lift over 50lbs. I don't know where to go now to help him. Any suggestions on careers? Any thoughts would be appreciated

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    Hi Judy,
    I am not an expert on the limitations of ICD in a career path. This is just a kind of out of the box suggestion.....Rather than looking for a career based on your son's limitations.... Why not have him do some vocational testing.... find out what types of work he really enjoys and is suited for .... there are counselors that do that type of testing.
    Then take the results and investigate with his cardiologists any areas that are unsuited because of his HCM or his device. It's important for him to find work that he will enjoy as he has a long life ahead of him..... he may have hidden talents he is not aware of that could show up with the proper testing.
    Best of Luck to you.
    After years of symptoms:
    Officially Diagnosed HOCM 2006
    Myectomy 3/11/13 at non-COE
    Extended Myectomy 7/23/14
    At Mayo with Dr. Joseph Dearani


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      thats a good idea, thank you kindly for replying