Today's the big day. Maybe you've got a job interview lined up. Or you're having dinner with your future in-laws for the first time. Suddenly your heart races too fast or feels like it skipped a beat.
It's just the jitters, right? Could be. Sometimes, though, that thumping is a problem called atrial fibrillation, or AFib for short.
So how can you know? Your doctor has the final word, but there's a lot you can learn on your own if you pay attention to your ticker and what it's trying to tell y...
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: