Rules for specific heart problems

1. Drivers who have had a heart attack:

  • At least 6 weeks after the attack
  • Free of angina for 6 weeks
  • Pass a treadmill exercise test (Bruce protocol)
  • May also need an echocardiogram

2. Drivers who have had an angioplasty / stent:

  • At least 6 weeks after the angioplasty / stent
  • Free of angina for 6 weeks
  • Pass a treadmill exercise test (Bruce protocol)
  • Echocardiogram to show LVEF is at least 40%

3. Drivers who have had bypass surgery (CABG):

  • At least 3 months the operation
  • Free of angina for 6 weeks
  • Pass a treadmill exercise test (Bruce protocol)
  • Echocardiogram to show LVEF is at least 40%

For each of these groups if you cannot walk on a treadmill successfully then completing a Stress Echocardiogram will be acceptable.

There are a wide range of other heart conditions that can affect cab drivers. In a short article I cannot give all the answers. There have been important changes in the rules and their implimentation. I try to give the most up to date advice at all times. You are free to contact me at my practice below and I will try to answer your question or arrange a consultation as appropriate.

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At The Wood Street Clinic I offer a fast, efficient competitively priced service for the tests you require.

In addition many cab drivers come to me to have their heart health problems investigated and sorted. I carry out angiograms, angioplasty and stent insertion as appropriate. I see them privately at The Wood Street Clinic and as NHS patients at Barnet Hospital.

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