Driving with a heart condition

Most people with a heart condition will be able to drive again, but it depends on the type of heart condition you have.

Can I still drive?

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How quickly you can get back to driving depends on:

  • whether you still have any symptoms
  • the type of treatment you’ve had
  • how well you’ve recovered

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) provides the national medical guidelines on being fit to drive, as well as how soon you can return to driving following a new diagnosis or treatment of a heart condition.

If you’re concerned about your fitness to drive and want to know when you can start driving again, you should speak to your GP or call the DVLA on 0300 790 6806.

You shouldn’t drive if you suffer from a medical condition that might suddenly cause you to lose control while driving, or if you cannot safely control your vehicle for any reason.

You should also refrain from driving and seek advice from your doctor immediately if you experience episodes of dizziness, fainting or blackouts.

What if I can't drive because of my heart condition?

If you live in England and are unable to drive because of your heart condition, you may be eligible for a disabled person's bus pass. Here you can also find information on similar schemes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Do I need to let the DVLA know?

To find out if you need to tell the DVLA about your medical condition or about a change in your health, visit Directgov. If you have to tell them, you will need to fill in a medical questionnaire which you can download from the website.

You can also contact the DVLA by calling:

  • 0300 790 6806 for car drivers and motorcyclists
  • 0300 790 6807 for heavy goods vehicle and bus drivers
  • or write to them at DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1TU.

Can I still drive a large goods vehicle (LGV) or a passenger-carrying vehicle (PCV)?

You will need to let the DVLA know about your heart condition if you hold a licence to drive an LGV or a PCV as there are special regulations.

Depending on your heart condition, the DVLA may ask your local hospital to carry out various tests. The results of these tests will help the DVLA decide whether you can still drive. Visit Directgov or call the DVLA on 0300 790 6807, or write to them at DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1TU.

Do I need to let my car insurance company know?

Yes. Whatever type of licence you hold you should always let your car insurance company know about your heart condition and any changes in your medical condition, including any treatment that you’ve had. If you don’t, your car insurance may not be valid.

Other types of insurance, such as travel and life insurance may also be affected by your heart condition. It’s important to let your insurer know about changes to your health. For more information, see our help for finding insurance with a heart condition.


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