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How soon can I drive following a heart attack?

Dr. Saeed Payvar, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Saeed Payvar, MD, from West Valley Cardiology Services, says driving or traveling after a heart attack or surgery should be on a case-by-case basis and recommended by the treating cardiologist.

In the United States, driving regulations for heart patients vary, depending on the state where you live or will be traveling. Therefore, after a heart attack, it is important for you to check with your cardiologist and primary care physician regarding when you can resume driving after the heart attack. If you have any doubts, you can also check with your state’s motor vehicle department to obtain information about when you can get back behind the wheel.

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