10. “Can I drive my car if I have Atrial Fibrillation?”
In general, yes. With most types of A-Fib you can drive safely.
But if your episodes of A-Fib sometimes cause dizziness and fainting, you need to stop driving entirely or you need to develop a driving plan with your doctor. As soon as you feel the beginning of an episode, pull off to the side of the road and stop the car. Put on your car’s hazard lights. Wait there until the episode passes.
If this happens often or if your episodes of A-Fib come on suddenly or are long, you have to stop driving entirely. (In my personal experience back in 1997, rarely I would feel dizzy. But usually I could feel the dizziness start and could react to it in time.) (I was cured of A-Fib by a catheter ablation in 1998.)
Last updated: Monday, February 13, 2017