Not too long ago, if your doctor said you needed a blood thinner to prevent a stroke, you didn't have to think too hard about it. Warfarin (Coumadin) was the only way to go. But not anymore. With four other medications to pick from, you'll have to do a little homework to figure out what's best for you.
"It's not a one-size-fits-all choice," says Bruce Lindsay, MD, from Cleveland Clinic. A lot depends on your overall health and your lifestyle.
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: