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Restrictions on Drivers and Aircraft Pilots With Cardiac Disease

Stephen L. Kopecky

in Mayo Clinic Cardiology

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199915712
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322824 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199915712.003.0161

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Restrictions on Drivers and Aircraft Pilots With Cardiac Disease

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This chapter reviews three basic topics: restrictions for those operating a private motor vehicle, restrictions for those operating a commercial motor vehicle, and restrictions for those operating an aircraft. Restrictions for those operating a private motor vehicle are from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There are no clear cut statutory rules for who can or cannot drive. The recommendations are designed to aid the physician when performing a medical evaluation and making recommendations. Drivers of commercial vehicles must be certified as fit-to-drive by a medical practitioner, although there are no statutory rules to follow. The FAA requires all pilots to obtain an airman medical certificate. The ultimate decision to grant a license to an individual pilot is made by the FAA.

Chapter.  3808 words. 

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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