Don’t Let Heart Disease Derail Travel Plans
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.*