HAROLD BRANDALEONE, M.D., MED. SC.D., F.A.C.P.
The increasing number of patients with permanent cardiac pacemakers raises the question of whether such persons should be licensed to drive motor vehicles or, if licensed, allowed unrestricted driving privileges. No "hard data" have been available to establish answers to these questions. There have been no reports of pacemaker failure that could account for a motor vehicle accident.
To provide at least a tentative basis for guidelines on these questions, I have reviewed the scant pertinent literature and sought information from cardiologists who have had experience with large groups of patients with heart disease who use implanted pacemakers, and I
BRANDALEONE H. Motor Vehicle Driving and Cardiac Pacemakers. Ann Intern Med. ;81:548–550. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-81-4-548
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;81(4):548-550.
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