Special Travelers: Cardio-Vascular Disease

Special Travelers: Cardio-Vascular Disease

Hardly any travel contra-indications exist for those with heart trouble, hypertension, pacemakers or coronary thrombosis. Even if your illness is serious, this should not stop you from travelling. You must meet three conditions: know and understand your own body and its reactions, follow to the letter your doctor’s prescriptions and, especially, know how to adapt your travel plans to your physical abilities and your illness.

Therefore the first obligatory step to your trip is to visit your heart specialist. This consultation should take place several weeks before you leave, or whenever you decide where you are going. At this time your cardiologist will evaluate the “acceptable” risks relative to your trip, and conduct a complete health test or certain tests like an electrocardiogram, a heart scan, physical fitness test, etc. He/she will also measure the compatibility of your habitual medications with the treatments you might have to follow during your trip (malaria pills, medication for diarrhoea, anti-inflammatories…) and the diet you will need to adapt to your condition. Your doctor will then tell you which situations to avoid: cold, heat, humidity, and high altitudes…

Take advantage of this occasion to review the main cardio-vascular risk factors (diabetes, high blood pressure, tobacco, cholesterol…). Ask your doctor to remind you of the symptoms, manifestations and warning signs relative to your illness. If you are familiar with these, you will be able to react appropriately and quickly by consulting a doctor in case of a problem, and on the contrary, you will be able to avoid useless worry and anxiety when facing benign symptoms. Remember that for most cardio-vascular diseases stress and precipitation make a poor mix. Be ready on the day of your departure, and arrive early at the station or airport.

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