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If you are using continuous inotropic infusion therapy, you may have driving restrictions. Discuss this with your care team.
Reasons You May Drive
They have a working defibrillator in place.
They have been on stable inotropic infusion for at least 3 months. The defibrillator check shows no symptoms that can cause altered state.
You have no no dizziness, defibrillator shocks, or arrhythmias.
A heart failure doctor has decided they are stable.
They have a 4-wheel enclosed private vehicle to drive.
Vehicles You Cannot Drive
You cannot drive the vehicles listed below. This is not a complete list. Talk with your heart failure doctor if you have questions.
Business vehicles (taxi cabs, semi trucks, buses, etc.)
All terrain vehicles
Driving Distance From Home
Talk with your heart failure doctor if you want to drive more than 2 hours away from home. They must give permission.
Changes in Your Condition
Changes in your medical condition (including being in the hospital) may mean you cannot drive. A heart failure doctor will decide when you can drive again.
If these guidelines are not followed, we have the right to report the patient to their state’s Department of Transportation.