Don’t Let Heart Disease De­rail Travel Plans

Wellness Update - - CLEVLAND CLINIC -

Heart disease does not need to limit your abil­ity to travel. Here are some key point­ers to fol­low so that you can have a com­fort­able and heart-healthy va­ca­tion.

Talk with your doc­tor

• If you are hav­ing any new symp­toms, make an ap­point­ment to see your doc­tor be­fore you travel. • If you have had a re­cent pro­ce­dure or hos­pi­tal­iza­tion, ask your doc­tor when it is safe to travel. • Be pre­pared: check with your car­di­ol­o­gist to find out if he or she knows of a doc­tor to con­tact or find the clos­est med­i­cal center in your travel lo­ca­tion in case of prob­lems. • If you have an ir­reg­u­lar heart­beat, ask your doc­tor for a copy of your elec­tro­car­dio­gram (ECG). If you are a Cleve­land Clinic pa­tient, sign up for MyChart® so your med­i­cal records are at your fin­ger­tips. • Be sure to have any im­mu­niza­tions re­quired for the coun­try you’re vis­it­ing and be up to date on your im­mu­niza­tion and an­ti­malar­ial rec­om­men­da­tions. You may want to visit a travel clinic be­fore you go. Check your insurance cov­er­age and make sure it will cover you where you are trav­el­ing. Con­sider pur­chas­ing med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion insurance if your health insurance doesn’t cover med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion. You’ll be glad you did. You may want to con­sider Cleve­land Clinic’s Global CARE (Crit­i­cal Air Res­cue and Evac­u­a­tion) pro­gram.*

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