A systematic review examining associations between cardiovascular conditions and driving outcomes among older drivers

Ganesh M. Babulal, Ramana Kolady, Sarah H. Stout, Catherine M. Roe

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There is a vast literature on stroke as a cardiovascular disease and driving outcomes, however little is known about other cardiovascular conditions and driving. The purpose of this review is to examine the literature for studies assessing the effect of non-stroke, vascular conditions on daily driving, reported crash risk and driving decline in older adult drivers as captured by naturalistic methodologies. A systematic review of Embase, Ovid and Scopus Plus examined articles on driving and vascular conditions among older adults. A search yielded 443 articles and, following two screenings, no articles remained that focused on non-stroke, vascular conditions and naturalistic driving. As a result, this review examined non-stroke, vascular conditions in nine driving studies of older adults that used road testing, driving simulators and self-report measures. These studies fell into three categories-heart failure, vascular dementia and white matter hyperintensities/leukoaraiosis. The combined findings of the studies suggest that heart failure, vascular dementia and white matter hyperintensities (WMH) negatively impact driving performance and contribute to driving cessation among older adults. Future research should examine cardiovascular risk factors like hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, myocardial infraction or atherosclerosis using naturalistic driving measurement, as well as traditional measures, in order to more fully characterize how these conditions impact older adult driving.

Original languageEnglish
Article number27
JournalGeriatrics (Switzerland)
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020


  • Cessation
  • Dementia
  • Driving
  • Heart failure
  • Naturalistic methods
  • Stroke
  • Vascular condition
  • White matter hyperintensities


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