Heart Disease, Stroke
Major congenital heart malformation, severe coronary
artery disease or symptomatic heart disease disqualify a donor.
Refer to staff if previous heart attack or major heart surgery (valve replacement,
coronary artery bypass surgery, repair of congenital heart defects, etc.).
Successful angioplasty or ablation without history of heart attack
with complete recovery without complications or restrictions
may be eligible to donate 6 months after the procedure.
Minor stroke (minor residual effect/damage),
if no recurrent symptoms or restrictions - 6 month deferral from
date of the stroke.
Stroke with subsequent residual
effect/damage or restrictions - permanent deferral.
High Blood Pressure
May donate provided blood pressure is within normal range at time of donation.
Immunization and Vaccinations
Variable waiting period depending upon vaccine. Refer to
Donor Services Staff.
Six (6) week waiting period after delivery.
Surgery (major), Blood Transfusion, Transplantation
Blood transfusion, surgery requiring blood transfusion, or tissue transplant - twelve (12) month waiting period. Dura mater, corneal, major organ,
bone marrow or stem cell transplants - permanent deferral.
Travel Outside U.S. or Canada (Malarial Risk)
Due to Malarial risk, anyone who has traveled outside the U. S. or Canada should check with
Donor Services Staff to determine eligibility. Had malaria, residence or military service in a malaria-endemic
country for 5 or more years - three (3) year waiting period. Visit to malaria-endemic
area lasting less than 5 years - one (1) year waiting period. Among
others, regions at risk of malaria include most sub-Saharan African
and many Asian countries, some states of Mexico, areas in Argentina,
Bolivia, Brazil, China, El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay,
Peru, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Haiti (all areas) and others. Refer
to staff for details.
Residence in/Travel to United Kingdom (risk for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease - vCJD)
Spent a cumulative three (3) months or more between 1980 and 1996 in the United Kingdom (England, Northern
Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, Gibraltar, or the Falkland Islands), and/or
have received transfusion of blood in the U.K. since
1980 - permanent deferral.
Residence on Military Base in Europe (risk for vCJD)
If you were a member of the U. S. military, a civilian military employee or a dependent of a member of the
U. S. military and spent a cumulative six (6) months or more associated with a military base in Belgium,
the Netherlands, or Germany between 1980 and 1990, and/or spent a cumulative six (6) months or more
associated with a military base in Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy, or Greece between 1980 and 1996 -
Residence in/Travel to Europe (risk for vCJD)
Spent a cumulative five (5) years or more in Europe (including time spent in the U. K. from 1980 through
1996) since 1980,
and/or have received
transfusion of blood in France since 1980 -
Donors taking medications may be deferred from
blood donation due to their underlying medical condition. Refer to Heartland staff for acceptability.
Medications for high cholesterol, blood pressure and allergies,
replacement hormones (estrogens, thyroid hormones, etc.) and most
anti-inflammatory drugs are acceptable.
Accutane, Absorica, Amnesteem, Claravis, Myorvisan, Sotret,
Zenatane/isotretinoin (for acne,
Propecia/finasteride (for hair loss), Proscar/finasteride
prostate condition) - one (1) month waiting period after last dose.
Avodart or Jalyn/dutasteride (for prostate condition) - six (6) months after last dose.
Soriatane/acitretin (for psoriasis)
three (3) years waiting period after last dose.
Tegison/etretinate (for psoriasis) -
Other Possible Disqualifications
Persons at risk for HIV infection (at risk for AIDS): Men who had sex with other men, prostitutes,
past/current intravenous drug users or individuals who injected drugs not
prescribed ay a physician (steroids, etc.), sexual partners of someone at risk for HIV, hemophiliacs, persons with history of sexually transmitted disease or incarceration
in the past twelve (12) months. Persons at risk for