FAQ Series: Is High Blood Pressure A Disability?

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Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Amendment Act (ADAAA), a person who suffers from hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, can be a qualified individual with a disability entitled to statutory protections in certain circumstances.

Essentially, in order to qualify for these protections, the HBP must significantly interfere with the individual's ability to work. For instance, a driver of a commercial vehicle subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regulations would be disqualified from becoming a licensed commercial driver if he or she has a "current clinical diagnosis of high blood pressure likely to interfere with his/her ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely".