Driving-What to Expect for Patients on Continuous Inotropic Infusions
Milrinone, Dobutamine and others
Patients may drive if :
ξ They have a working
defibrillator in place.
ξ They have been on stable
inotropic infusion for at least 3
months and the defibrillator
check shows no symptoms that
can cause altered
consciousness. This means no
shocks, or arrhythmias.
ξ A heart failure doctor has
decided they are stable and can
be allowed to drive.
ξ They have a 4-wheel enclosed
private vehicle to drive.
Patients who are given permission to
drive cannot drive the vehicles listed
below. This is not a complete list.
Any questions should be discussed
with a heart failure doctor.
ξ Commercial vehicles – taxi
cabs, semi trucks, buses, etc.
ξ All terrain vehicles,
Patients need to get permission from a
heart failure doctor if they want to
drive more than 2 hours away from
A heart failure doctor will decide
when a patient may return to driving:
ξ If there is a change in the
patient’s medical condition.
ξ If the patient has been in the
If these guidelines are not followed,
we have the right to report the patient
to their state’s Department of
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