Medical conditions that can affect your driving…

Always wise to be aware…

When you look at car crashes and medical conditions, the first thing you should know is that a medical emergency that leads to an accident is pretty rare. Human error causes the majority of car accidents, with no medical conditions behind it.

Furthermore, in situations where a medical emergency led to the crash, it mostly happened with male drivers. It’s more of a rarity for women to have car wrecks because of an acute medical condition.

Still, it’s not a bad idea to know what medical conditions in women can sometimes lead to car accidents. Keep it in mind if you know that you’re at high risk concerning that condition.

Respiratory disease

Vehicular accidents can seem like an epidemic if you look at the nationwide statistics. For instance, Florida alone sees an excess of 400,000 collisions every year.

However, you should take two factors into account. The first is that millions of vehicles are on the road, so that’s not such a huge number when you think how many drivers get to their destination safely every day. Also, many of those accidents are relatively minor, with no significant injuries to drivers, passengers, or pedestrians.

Getting back to female medical issues that can cause accidents, one of the leaders is respiratory disease. Respiratory disease affects the respiratory system and lungs. Smoking can cause it, as can air pollution. Breathing in radon or asbestos can also cause it over time.

If you have a sudden attack of acute respiratory failure, your inability to breathe can be deadly when you’re on the road. If you know that you have respiratory disease, or you suspect that you have it, it might be best to take public transportation or use taxis or ride-share programs.

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Heart attacks

Heart attacks while driving are skewed to men, but they can happen with women as well. A blood flow blockage to the heart causes a heart attack.

A blood clot is the most likely culprit. Oxygen can’t get to your heart’s tissue through blood circulation, so it dies.

If you know that there is heart attack history in your family, or you’ve had heart attacks before, that is another situation where you should be careful about driving. Talk to your doctor about whether it’s still safe for you to get behind the wheel, especially if you have suffered multiple heart attacks, and it has left you weakened.

Blood disorders

The term “blood disorder” is relatively wide-ranging. Someone who says it might be talking about haemophilia, or a blood cancer like myeloma, lymphoma, or leukemia. There is closer to an even distribution with those between men and women.

Women who drive but know they have contracted one of these disorders or conditions should also talk to their doctors regarding whether it is safe to continue doing so.

These conditions are potentially life-threatening, and they can weaken you or impair your physical or mental acuity. Driving is something that requires concentration, so if you have one of these disorders, you may want to look into some different transportation options.

Mental illness

This is another term that can be quite wide-ranging. Some mental illnesses include schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

There is nothing to say that one of these conditions should disqualify a woman from driving. They can range in severity, and you can control many of them to a greater or lesser extent through drug prescriptions.

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If you know that there is a history of one of these conditions in your family, and you’re worried about how it might affect your driving, you should talk about it with either your primary caregiver or a qualified mental health professional.

A woman who has PTSD, for instance, might have a sudden, acute episode while driving. That can easily lead to an accident.

Knowing that you are prone to those episodes, you might be able to get on medication to counteract them. Again, talking about your concerns with your doctor will be the first step.

Many other female medical conditions can lead to car accidents, such as endocrine disorders, genitourinary disorders, strokes, and more. All of these, of course, impact male drivers as well.

The best thing you can do is be aware of your family history, let your doctor know about it, and get a reliable diagnosis if you feel that something is wrong. Preventative care beforehand makes it much less likely that you’ll deal with a medical emergency when you’re on the road.

These are rare occurances, but when it comes to driving it’s better to be safe than sorry.