Staying independent

Many people worry about the impact heart disease will have on their daily life. These pages are here to answer your questions about driving, working, and travelling with heart disease.

Staying independent

Many people worry about the impact heart disease will have on their daily life. These pages are here to answer your questions about driving, working, and travelling with heart disease.

Travelling

These pages look at issues such as going through security with a pacemaker, preventing blood clots while on the plane, and avoiding stress while you’re on holiday.

Before you go

This page looks at whether you can fly on a plane with a heart condition, and what to do before you go.

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Flying with a heart condition

This page looks at what you can bring on board the plane, going through security, and how to stay safe during the flight.

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When you’re there

This page has tips on where to go on holiday if you have a heart condition, and how to avoid stress during your time there.

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Driving

These pages looks at when you can return to driving after a heart operation, and what your rights are when it comes to getting car insurance.

Can I drive?

Looks at when you need to tell the DVLA about your condition and when you may or may not be allowed to drive.

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Car insurance

Many people are worried they’ll be denied insurance or charged more because of heart disease. This page looks at your rights and how to get the best deal.

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Working

These pages offer guidance on applying for a job, getting support while you’re in work, returning to work after a heart operation, and giving up work.

Can I work?

Looks at what the law says about working with heart disease, what you can and can’t be asked at an interview, and whether to tell your employer.

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Returning and adjusting to work

If you’re feeling apprehensive about returning to work, this page has some guidance on how to get support and make this process easier.

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Giving up work

This page looks at what to think about if you’re considering giving up work, and how to deal with no longer working.

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