Don’t Let Heart Disease Block Your Travel Plans

Your heart disease doesn’t have to limit your travel. A little preparation will be enough to enjoy a comfortable and healthy holiday.

talk to your doctor

If you have new complaints, make an appointment to see your doctor before you travel.

If you’ve had a recent procedure or hospitalization, ask your doctor if it’s safe to travel.

Locate medical centers with cardiologist near your resort.

Make sure you have the necessary vaccinations for the country you are visiting.

Check your insurance coverage and make sure it’s valid where you’re traveling. Consider purchasing medical evacuation insurance if your health insurance does not cover medical evacuation.

Medicines

Make sure you take enough medicine for the entire trip (if not, get your prescription). If you are late for any reason, have enough medicine to get you through for a few more days.

Make sure your medicines are easily accessible in your bag when you’re on the go. If you are flying, take all medicines in your hand luggage.

Always carry a water bottle in case you need to take your medicine during travel.

Have a snack if you need to take any medication with food

Airplane trip

Use a rolling suitcase

Ask for an aisle seat so you can get up and move around easily.

There is a risk of blood clots when traveling long distances (venous thrombosis).

This is because your blood circulation slows when you sit for hours and the low oxygen levels in the airplane cabin.

During the flight, get out of the seat at least every two hours and walk up and down the aisles.

Wear comfortable shoes and socks and try to get your feet as high as possible above your chest level.

Use compression stockings when traveling on an airplane for more than eight hours.

Drink plenty of water and do not drink alcoholic beverages as they cause dehydration.

Have a pacemaker or shock device

Do not use X-Ray if you have a pacemaker or shock device (ICD), request a manual search.

Avoid resting the handset on the ICD for more than a few seconds.

If traveling abroad, provide all contact numbers and website addresses for pacemaker and ICD manufacturers.

diet and exercise

Sleep whenever you can while traveling.

For hiking, wear the most comfortable travel shoes you can find.

If you are on a special diet at home, monitor your diet (as much as possible) on your trip. If you have heart failure, consuming too much salt can be harmful.

When to get help

Finally, if you’re on vacation and have any heart complaints, don’t hide it, don’t be afraid to see a doctor for fear of ruining your vacation.

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