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Driving

For drivers of private cars, the DVLA states:

After a heart attack or Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery:

• Driving must cease for at least four weeks.

• Driving may recommence thereafter providing there is no other disqualifying condition.

• DVLA need not be notified.

If you have angina:

• Driving must cease when symptoms occur at rest or at the wheel.

• Driving may recommence when satisfactory symptom control is achieved.

• DVLA need not be notified.

Acute Coronary Syndrome:

The DVLA guidelines for patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome are less straight forward. For the vast majority of people with this condition, the DVLA guidelines state:

• Driving must cease for at least four weeks.

• Driving may recommence thereafter providing there is no other disqualifying condition.

• DVLA need not be notified.

For some people who have ACS and are treated by angioplasty, the DVLA state that driving may recommence week after successful angioplasty, if there is no other disqualifying condition. This is not the case for everyone with ACS. Your cardiologist should inform you if this applies to you. Unless you have been told this specifically you should not drive for 4 weeks.

Following Angioplasty: (Without any other cardiac event)

• Driving must cease for at least one week.

• Driving may recommence thereafter providing there is no other disqualifying condition.

• DVLA need not be notified.

If you are in any doubt about your suitability to drive please discuss this with your GP or cardiac rehabilitation nurse.

Insurance

You should inform your insurance company that you have had a cardiac event before you return to driving. Some insurance companies may ask you to wait until you have been seen by your surgeon weeks or so after coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) before you start to drive again.

When you do return to driving, remember to pace yourself. Start with a short familiar journey, at a time when the roads are quiet.

HGV / PSV Licence Holders

For drivers of heavy goods vehicles and passenger service vehicles, the DVLA state that after any cardiac event, you are “Disqualified from driving for at least six weeks.”

You can reapply for your licence after this time providing there are no other disqualifying conditions. You will need to contact the DVLA as soon as possible to begin to make the necessary arrangements.

You will be required to have an exercise test and will need to meet certain requirements from this before you can reapply for your licence. Please ask your cardiac rehabilitation nurse for further information.