Driving with your ICD

European Cardiologists have revised their stance on driving with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD). The June 2009 issue of Europace, the journal of the European Heart Rhythm Association, has a chart with their new recommendations. One of the main reasons for the change is standardization: Every country in Europe has its own laws about operating a vehicle and few of them agree. It was believed that if a continent wide medical organization could decide on a standard, that could lead to agreement of the vehicle laws.

I don’t have a copy of the old recommendations, so I can’t compare the changes and give my opinion. Hopefully, they did what US doctors did two years ago: study the number of shocks delivered versus the amount of time spent driving, and changed their recommendations for driving with an ICD.

People that must have a federally issued drivers permit (i.e. Professional drivers) are still banned from driving with an ICD.

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