Air Travel checklist for Patient with Heart Conditions.

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   Posted 12/16/2008 2:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning,
I thought with the Holiday Season here this might be a good topic.
People with heart disease should take precautions and discuss travel plans with their doctor before stepping on an airplane.

Although the risk of angina, heart attack, and irregular heartbeat or other major complications is small among people with stable heart disease, researchers say heart-related problems account for a high percentage of all in-flight medical emergencies. They also say that certain groups may be at an increased risk for in-flight heart-related incidents. Those concerns prompted the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration  to mandate that an automated external defibrillator (AED) be placed onboard all passenger-carrying aircraft with a maximum payload capacity of more than 7,500 pouds.

Many people have been saved by the use of AEDs. They are now available to the public to purchase to keep in their homes.

One of the biggest risks facing people with heart disease when flying is venous thrombosis, or the formation of a blood clot in the veins of the leg, pelvis, or arms. Sitting long hours, dehydration, and the lower oxygen levels in a plane cabin can all predispose a person to blood clots. Most data have shown that flights greater than eight hours pose the greatest risks.

Please get up and walk around on long trips.  On the bigger planes you can stroll the aisles easily. Try not to sit with your legs crossed.

Patients with ICDs are advised to request a hand search if possible. If a handheld device is used to clear a person through security checkpoints, then the examiner should be advised to hold the handheld device over the ICD for no more than a few seconds.

Ok, how many of you are planning on flying this holiday and do you have more ideas for the members.  Planning ahead is always wise. turn

I wish you a happy flight and a wonderful holiday.

Lets hear from the members of this great forum.



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   Posted 12/16/2008 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Great post !!
I'd just add that heart patients should always make sure that their medications are in their carry ons and not in checked baggage.   Not a good thing at all to lose your heart meds if the airline loses your luggage.
Happy holidays and safe travel to all!!
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