Heart disease

You may not donate blood if you suffer from cardiogenic chest pain, coronary artery disease or if you have had a cardiac infarction. Also a coronary artery stenosis treated with bypass or balloon dilation surgery prevents donation.

You may not donate blood if you suffer from valvular heart disease and if you need to have regular check-ups due to the valvular heart disease every other year or more often.

Myocarditis which has been diagnosed and cured incurs a 6-month donation deferral if it was not accompanied by arrhythmia symptoms or heart failure. If the myocarditis was accompanied by arrhythmia or heart failure, it can impose a two-year donation deferral from the resolution of symptoms and treatment.

See also: arrhythmia

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.).