Cardiogenic chest pain, cardiac infarction or recurring serious arrhythmia (e.g. atrial fibrillation) are permanent obstacles to donating. Recurring serious arrhythmia (e.g. atrial fibrillation) is a permanent obstacle to donating blood.

Arrhythmia that negatively affects performance, leads to emergency treatment in hospital or is otherwise notable with regard to cardiac function is considered to be serious. Occasional premature beats and medication used for their treatment do not prevent donation.

If you have been prescribed anti-arrhythmic drugs for the treatment of serious, recurrent or permanent arrhythmia, you may not donate blood.

Would you like more information? Please call the free information number for blood donors on 0800 0 5801 (Mon to Fri from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).