Reduce Your Risk of Heart Diseases On Long Flights

flight-2Most certainly travelling long distances is not new to you if you are a travel lover or business person. Nevertheless, air travel can pose a health risk especially if you have heart complications. Although flying is no space travel, the aircraft cabin offers relatively a strange and restrictive environment. While flying, you remain strapped onto your seat in an upright position and exposed to a noisy environment with low humidity and limited oxygen content for a long period. However, taking the measures below can help you prevent precipitation or deterioration of a cardiovascular condition while flying.

Visit your doctor before flying
It’s critical that you take a pre-flight test to see if your heart condition is stable enough for safe flying. In addition, your doctor may put you through a fitness-to-fly test to tell if you’ll need additional oxygen during flight. During the test, you’ll be exposed to low levels of oxygen while your cardiovascular functions and breathing patterns are being monitored. Your doctor will then advise accordingly.

airport-2Notify your Carrier in Time
If you already have heart complications, you should notify your carrier about this so that you may avail timely assistance both on the ground and in the air, such as in-flight oxygen support. If you’ll need in-flight oxygen, it’s recommended that you notify your carrier at least 7 days before travel. Be advised that such special medical assistance usually goes at an extra fee.

Bring with you Appropriate Medication
In case you’re on medication for heart disease, bring it with you in sufficient supply. Also, it’s advisable you have a clear list of the medication and doses you are using. If possible, have a written description from your doctor of your heart condition, drugs, allergies and any devices you may be using to enhance your heart health, such as the pacemaker. Such information can help medics attending to you in case of in-flight medical emergencies.

lens2Avoid Predisposing Factors
Flying already weighs significantly in triggering heart complications and the last thing you want to do while at it is tip the scales the wrong way. Thus, you should avoid predisposing factors such as caffeine, alcohol and sedative drugs. Drink a lot of water and other non-alcoholic drinks. Also stay mobile whenever possible and don’t smoke.

medication-3Take Appropriate Medication
Passengers at a risk of cardiovascular complications such as vein thrombosis and venous thromboembolism (especially those with a history of blood clots) should consider compression stockings in addition to avoiding predisposing factors. The British Cardiovascular Society recommends subcutaneous administration of enoxoparin (40 mg) before travel and the day after for passengers at a high risk of heart diseases.

So, you’ve got with you passports UK, visa and other travel essentials and are flying for business or pleasure. If you are at a risk of developing a heart complication, flying “blindly” may trigger it and ruin your air travel. The good thing is that you can take precautions that include appropriate medication and have a heart complication-free journey to your destination.