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Medical Conditions & Diving

DDRC Healthcare doctors will be building a list of responses to various medical conditions, concerns and issues which are most commonly raised by divers. We will be adding new content all the time, so please do check back. You may also be interested in some of the Health of Divers studies that our Research Team have completed and published. 

If the information that you require is not found below, please get in touch with details of your medical concern and background, via email to plymdocs@ddrc.org 

Please note this is an e-mail box with shared access by any one of our doctors throughout our busy week. We will aim to get back to you as soon as possible.

Alcohol & Diving leaflet (by the DDRC Healthcare Research Team)

Decompression Illness (DCI)


Drugs including Prescription Drugs,  Over the counter drugsIllegal Drugs & Diving leaflet (by the DDRC Healthcare Research Team)            


Heart including Cardiovascular Risk Factors (High Cholesterol / High Blood Pressure / Smoking)

Ischaemic Heart Disease (Heart Attack / Cardiac Stents / Angioplasty

Lungs including: Asthma



Strokes and mini strokes

Further sources of information (please note we are not responsible for the content of external websites):

UK Sports Diving Medical Committee (Medical standards and advice for recreational  / sports diving):  http://www.uksdmc.co.uk/

Diver’s Alert Network (DAN) (frequently asked questions and medical articles): http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/medical/

Scuba Doc (Ernest Campbell’s diving medicine resource and information website):



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