A new routine with precautions and safety measures can make travel for heart patients more convenient and fruitful. I've teamed up with the experts at Click Pharmacy to bring you some top tips and precautionary measures to think about at each stage of your journey. If you are a heart patient and travel frequently, you could make your trip healthier and more productive by following these three tips:
1. Before the trip
When organising your journey plan, you can make sure to familiarise yourself with the place you are visiting and make note of any nearby medical facilities. You can get in touch with the airline and let them know of your heart condition. This usually results in the cabin crew being advised of your condition and having the correct medication ready. You can also get the airline to arrange help with baggage and boarding because heart patients are often not used to carrying heavy loads, but while travelling, you have to.
It would be best if you spoke to your doctor in advance. If the doctor allows travel, then you should engage in a conversation about the dos and don’ts of the trip. Make sure to note them down, so you remember to follow them. Get a prescription of the medicines you might need on the trip so that you can purchase them and keep them with you on the trip. Remember to keep the prescription and your cardiologist’s number with you during the journey and to get a good travel insurance.
2. During the flight
Make sure you keep your medicine bag well within reach throughout the flight. Let the flight attendant know in advance that you might need the oxygen supply. Also, make a list of your medication and your dosages and keep it with you at all times.
Get an aisle seat because this will allow you to leave your seat easily if you need to walk around or stretch your legs without bothering other passengers. It is also recommended to avoid alcoholic beverages and to remain well hydrated.
3. On the trip
Being on a trip, often makes us relax. This can result in skipping on your usual heart-healthy diet and eating out more often. Try and follow a heart-healthy diet throughout your trip. Experts suggest getting to know the options available in your area of travel beforehand so you can make quick decisions about lunch and dinner. Eating at your hotel can be a good idea as you can ask for the food to be customised to your taste and requirements. Make sure to pay attention to the salt content of your food too.