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Heart conditions and driving

There are many types of heart conditions which may affect driving. All drivers diagnosed with a heart condition are legally required to notify the Registrar of Motor Vehicles as soon as practicable. These conditions include:

  • aneurysms
  • angina
  • heart disease
  • hypertension
  • post heart attack
  • post heart surgery (bypass, transplant and fitting of pacemakers)

How do these conditions affect driving?

These conditions can result in a heart attack, stroke, palpitations or breathlessness, which may cause you to lose consciousness and/or control of your vehicle.

What are the symptoms?

  • Chest, arm or jaw pain
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath

What precautions can I take?

  • Knowing your risk of having a heart attack or stroke is the first step you can take to help prevent one. These risk factors may be attributed to:
    • Age or hereditary factors
    • Smoking
    • Inactivity and obesity
    • Diabetes
    • Depression and social isolation
  • Ensure you are taking any medication prescribed to you when required.
  • Prepare for an emergency. The sooner you recognise a heart attack and get treatment, the better.

For more information see the Heart Foundation website. http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/Pages/default.aspx