If you have an irregular heartbeat caused by atrial fibrillation (AFib), you may need surgery to make your heart rhythm normal again. This is called surgical ablation.
It’s usually a treatment your doctor will try if other things like medications, cardioversion therapy, or catheter ablation have not worked. Most people who have AFib will not need surgical ablation.
The likelihood that your arrhythmia will happen again.
If your arrhythmia has been treated successfully.
If your ICD has given you a shock for an arrhythmia.
Is it okay to drive if you have an arrhythmia?
You can drive with an arrhythmia as long as it doesn't cause symptoms that makes it dangerous for you to drive.
Your doctor might suggest that you not drive, at least for a short time, if you have symptoms, like confusion, dizziness, lightheadedness, or loss of consciousness. If these symptoms happen when you are driving, you could cause an accident.
If your arrhythmia has made you pass out (lose consciousness), your doctor might recommend not driving until:
The arrhythmia has been treated successfully.
The arrhythmia has not happened again for a few months.
The cause of the arrhythmia has been identified and corrected.
Arrhythmias that might restrict the ability to drive include: