Assessing Fitness to Drive

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2.1.1 Effects of cardiovascular conditions on driving

Cardiovascular conditions may affect the ability to drive safely due to sudden incapacity such as from a heart attack or arrhythmia. They may also affect concentration and the ability to control a vehicle due to the onset of chest pain, palpitations or breathlessness.

Cardiovascular conditions may also have end-organ effects such as on the brain (stroke), the extremities and the eyes. The relevant chapters should be referred to for advice on the assessment and requirements for these effects (refer to section 6 Neurological conditions and section 10 Vision and eye disorders).