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What is true regarding hypotension and/or hypertension?
  • A
    Hypotension WITHOUT symptoms can disqualify a pilot from obtaining medical clearance.
  • B
    Having hypertension or hypotension may disqualify a pilot from obtaining medical clearance.
  • C
    Both conditions are harmless and therefore are NOT assessed during a pilot's medical.
  • D
    Both conditions are related to the respiratory system.

040.02.01.02.16: State that both hypotension and hypertension may disqualify a pilot from obtaining medical clearance to fly.


For a healthy adult, a blood pressure of 120/80 mmHg is considered normal. Values below 90/60 mmHg are called hypotension, values above 140/90 are considered hypertension.

Both hypotension and hypertension, as well as the poor condition of the circulatory system, may disqualify a pilot from obtaining a medical certificate, because symptoms may occur that might adversely affect his/her ability to fly.

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