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Table 1 Driving characteristics before ICD implantation

From: Driving following defibrillator implantation: development and pilot results from a nationwide questionnaire

Driving characteristics No. of patients (%)
Private driver’s license (n = 38) 37 (97%)
Professional/large vehicle driver’s license (n = 37) 11 (30%)
Purpose of professional/large vehicle driver’s licence (n = 10)
 Truck driver 4 (40%)
 Bus driver 2 (20%)
 Taxi driver 0
 Other, including private use 4 (40%)
Use of professional/large vehicle driver’s licence six months prior to implantation (n = 10) 2 (20%)
Other members of the household hold driver’s license (n = 37) 26 (70%)
Typical occasions for driving six months prior to implantation (n = 37)
 Professional driving or driving of large vehicle during work hours 2 (5%)
 During work hours 8 (22%)
 To/from work/school 16 (43%)
 In relation with practical errands 31 (84%)
 To visit family and friends 33 (89%)
 In relation with leisure activities 28 (76%)
 Did not drive during the period 2 (5%)
Average hours/week driving prior to implantation (n = 35)
  < 1 h a week 0
 1–3 h a week 12 (34%)
 4–6 h a week 7 (20%)
 7–9 h a week 7 (20%)
 10 h a week or more 9 (26%)