Do you have a family history of heart problems and want screening to ensure your heart does not have a serious underlying condition?
Do you have an existing heart condition and want to know if you can partake in a sporting event?
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the commonest cause of sudden cardiac death in young people. Every year many young sports people across the world die from this and other cardiac conditions. Most people who have a cardiac arrest do not have the high level of medical support that is immediately available as it is at large professional sporting events. There are other heart conditions that can cause sudden cardiac death in young people. Many of these conditions can be screened for by a Consultant Cardiologist with such simple tests as an ECG and echocardiogram. Such screening is routinely done for all young sports people in some countries (Italy, for example) it is not routinely done in the NHS.
Fitness to Drive
The DVLA have published recommendations regarding fitness to drive in the presence for a variety of cardiac conditions. These vary depending on the type of license, restrictions for large goods vehicles (Heavy goods and public service vehicles) being more restrictive. Your assessment for this does not come under the remit of the NHS.
In order to renew an LGV license it is necessary for some patients to undergo an exercise ECG or sometimes a stress echo investigation to fulfil the DVLA guidelines. Dr Hogg with Albyn Hospital can undertake DVLA exercise ECG investigations and provide a report directly to the DVLA under their instruction.
An overview of driving and your heart is on the BHF website.
Please note that this does not cover all investigations and procedures and if you are in any doubt you should contact your attending doctor, who should advise further.
For patients who drive a car and are not subject to the LGV (Class 2) regulations, there are still some restrictions for driving if you have cardiac disease and/or have undergone cardiac investigations. In general, if you have an investigation or procedure that requires administration of a sedative, it is likely you will be advised not to drive for at least 24 hours. Also, patient who have undergone coronary angiography, for which the DVLA do not give specific guidance, are generally advised not to drive the day of or following the procedure. These are general guidelines and may vary from individual to individual so you should always check with your consultant, especially if you are in any doubt.
Fitness to Travel
If you have a heart condition then finding a company that can provide you with insurance for your holiday can be difficult. An overview of travelling and your heart can be found at the British Heart Foundation website.
If you are not sure about fitness to travel and your heart why not book an appointment to see Dr Duncan Hogg for a professional opinion.