Fitness To Drive For Patients With Cardiovascular Diseases- An Overview

Fitness To Drive For Patients With Cardiovascular Diseases- An Overview

People suffering from several cardiovascular diseases are prone to certain accident risks while driving a vehicle on the road.  The ground reasons behind a temporary driving ban can be high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and cardiac insufficiency. However, there are many reasons that lead to traffic accidents and impact personally as well as public safety.  Thomas Pezawas, a cardiologist from Meduni Vienna, concise the list of diseases along with the overview, for people affected and their treating physicians. According to him, palpitations and dizziness can also occur in patients recovered from Covid-19.

Fitness To Drive For Patients With Cardiovascular Diseases- An Overview

What doctors should advise patients?

According to Thomas Pezawas,’ about one to five percent of sudden cardiac deaths occur while driving; however, a brief blackout while on wheels can lead to severe consequences. In addition, people with heart disease are not at all fit for driving; they should be notified whether their condition allows them to drive a vehicle or not.’

Pezawas explains that ‘doctors’ advice patients are they fit to drive or not like people with high bp should not drive a vehicle, and four-week driving ban is imposed o professional rivers after the examination with stent implantation.’ Drivers should be aware they can drive after receiving a documented warning.

Fitness To Drive For Patients With Cardiovascular Diseases- An Overview

List of cardiovascular diseases that restrict a person to drive

The most recent published paper clarifies the list of cardiovascular diseases in which an individual is either temporarily or permanently unfit to drive. Some conditions are after implantation of a defibrillator. Replacement of a device or post ICD has triggered a shock. The listed diseases comprise all cardiac arrhythmias, seizures like blackouts, coronary heart disease, cardiac insufficiency, and hypertension. Pezawas says that ‘palpitations and dizziness can also occur in people recovered from Covid-19 and which makes a new list.’ he added that ‘it is necessary to introduce the restrictions regarding fitness to drive for post covid patients also.’

About cardiovascular diseases

Nowadays, cardiovascular diseases are the primary cause of death worldwide.   Four out of five CVD deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes, and the most important risk factors of heart diseases are unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and consuming alcohol. Therefore, it is important to detect cardiovascular diseases as soon as possible so that people can manage them well.

Why covid-19 recovered patients should get their hearts checked?

Long Covid is what is bothering doctors as well as scientists nowadays; it has been found that some of the covid recovered patients come back with ailments like heart, brain, and kidney. So doctors advised them to observe symptoms that signal a cardiac problem. Moreover, there are many studies that show the adverse effect of covid-19 on the heart, and thus expert advice that people who recovered from covid should also be banned from driving. Covid-19 recovered patients who experience symptoms should seek medical help. Doctors advised almost all covid recovered patients to monitor the below-listed symptoms:

  • Spreading chest pain or pressure in arms
  • Discomfort in chest
  • Unexplained profuse sweating
  • Excessive tiredness, dizziness
  • Irregular heartbeat

By keeping the above things in mind  t= and on the grounds of high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and cardiac insufficiency can be the main grounds and reasons for a temporary driving ban. Thomas Pezawas provided an overview of this and added that a Covid-19 recovered individual could experience palpitations and dizziness, so this ban should cover them too. He also added that people should be notified whether their health conditions allow them to drive a vehicle or not a site will be safe for them as well as others.

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