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Learning to drive with a heart condition

In the majority of cases, having a congenital heart condition will not prevent you from learning to drive. However, you’ll need to tell the DVLA about your heart condition when you apply for a provisional driving license. Complete and send in form H1 (link below). You can be fined up to £1000 if you don’t tell the DVLA about a medical condition that affects your driving. You may also be prosecuted if you’re involved in an accident as a result.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/519661/h1-confidential-medical-information.pdf

You will also need to tell your car insurance company about your heart condition and any changes in your treatment or medication. If you don’t keep them updated about your condition, your car insurance may become invalid.

 

You should never drive if you’ve taken medication that makes you feel drowsy. Ensure that you take such medication after you have finished driving for the day. You should also never drive if you have a history of syncope (temporary loss of consciousness caused by a fall in blood pressure) or episodes of dizziness. 

Last Updated: September 8, 2016