Traveling with a medical condition can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. If you know how to prepare and navigate your trip, your trip will go smoothly. Here are five tips for traveling with a heart condition.
Follow Your Diet Requirements
Assuming you have a specific, heart-healthy diet that you use on a regular basis, maintain that diet while travelling. Be sure to pay attention to the sodium content of the meals you take while travelling, especially if you plan on eating at restaurants. Meals from restaurants often are prepared with a higher salt content than home-cooked meals, so make plans to review other dining options when available.
Also remember that if your travels involve taking a plane, be sure to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration during your flight. Failure to do so could result in blood clots or other problems.
If you live with a heart condition, you know that exercising regularly is just as important as dieting when it comes to keeping your body healthy. Without regular physical activity, the risk for blood clots increases, so stay mobile. If you find that you’ll be taking long plane or car rides on your travels, be sure to take a break from sitting down by getting up and stretching your legs every 30 to 60 minutes in order to keep your blood flowing.
When you reach your final destination, keep up with your regular fitness routine. Skipping days will not be beneficial to your heart, so be sure to include your morning or evening walks.
Take Your Medication
Just as you know to use your medications while at home, you should remember to bring them along and bring enough for the entirety of your trip. Read ahead to see if there is any time difference in the place you’re travelling to, that way you can calculate what times you should take your medications (it is important to adjust your medication schedule to your new time zone). And don’t forget to refill your medication before you leave, so that you don’t run out while travelling. Check before you leave however that you’re allowed to take your medicine to a different country.
Carry Emergency Numbers
It is important that you carry, on your person, emergency contact numbers in preparation should an unexpected emergency arise. Do your research so that you know what medical facilities are near your destination, and keep the numbers to these facilities on you, particularly if they specialise in cardiology.
Listen to Your Body
Your body is the most telling sign when it comes to identifying your need for medical attention. Some warning signs you should know about include chest discomfort, shortness of breath, nausea or light-headedness. Be sure to listen to your body, and if anything seems out of the ordinary, don’t hesitate to call your doctor. Once again, for this reason, you should get acquainted with the health care systems and medical facilities near your destination, and if needed, buy travel insurance. If you’re looking for medical coverage, Medical Travel Compared will provide cover for holiday makers with a heart condition.