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Traveling and Heart Disease

The thought of going home can be exciting and frightening at the same time. It is important to plan how you will travel. Once the discharge date has been set, you may make travel arrangements.

Flying home
If you will be flying, it is best to order a wheelchair to take you to and from the plane. The distance may be too long and too tiring to walk. Inflight meals should be light and low fat because it will make you feel well during the flight. Drink plenty of water and try to walk for a few minutes every hour.
Your doctor will determine when it is appropriate for you to resume driving. Therefore you will need to arrange someone to drive you home from the hospital. During your ride home, it is best to stop every hour and walk for 10 minutes.
A serious cardiovascular event compels the victim and his family to “attach” themselves to the comfortable surroundings of their home as well as within close proximity to their cardiologist. Traveling means leaving these comfortable and secure surroundings for a more unpredictable environment. Many patients and their families may fear any unpredictable situation, even though cardiologists can be found across the country and around the world. It is recommended to plan and arrange the trip in advance.
When traveling, your greatest enemies are stress and tiredness. Use the following tips to keep these problems to a minimum.
  • Allow enough time to rest during traveling.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures (hot or cold).
  • Bring medical certificates (if required).
  • Arrange the travel insurance.
  • Arrange special food according to requirements.
  • Secure your home well and safely prior to departure.
  • Safeguard your valuable items.
  • Ensure comfort during the flight.
  • Plan your luggage, it should not be too large.
  • Check in early and get to the gate in time.
  • Make a list of things to do prior to departure.
  • Prepare heart medications enough for traveling. They should be in a carry-on bag (if traveling by plane).
Day before During travel After arrival
  • Have enough rest at home.
  • Go for a light walk.
  • Eat low-fat foods.
  • Restrict caffeine intake
  • Keep your mind relax.
  • Drink plenty of fluid (no alcohol or caffeine)
  • Do not overeat.
  • Move your legs frequently to get better blood circulation, or walk in the cabin every hour.
  • Sleep accordingly to local time
  • Go for a light walk.
  • Take a warm shower or bath before sleep.
 

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