There are many different types of heart conditions, and coronary heart disease is the most common. Heart conditions may affect the way people live their everyday lives, and may affect holiday plans, but it certainly shouldn't put people off travelling abroad completely.
If you have a heart condition and you want to travel abroad, there are certain types of travel and modes of transport that would be more suitable for you than others. Plan your trip thoroughly so that you can enjoy your holiday safely.
Another important element to consider before you go away is travel insurance for your heart condition.
Heart conditions vary in severity. Your doctor is the best person to discuss your holiday plans with, as they can advise you on the suitability of your proposed holiday destination. Remember, your travel insurance may not cover you if you are travelling against your doctor's advice.
To accompany your holiday abroad, buy travel insurance than includes cover for your heart condition. You will need to declare your heart condition when you buy your travel insurance policy and answer some medical screening questions to help your travel insurance provider assess the severity of your condition so that they can provide appropriate cover.
The British Heart Foundation has confirmed in a news article that people travelling with heart conditions are perfectly safe to fly. Their advice for people with heart conditions is similar to advice that's given to people without heart conditions.
To reduce your chances of developing a blood clot, try not to sit in the same position for too long. Walk in the aisles as often as you can and wear compression socks if necessary.
The British Heart Foundation has also published some information about going on holiday with a heart condition which could be helpful when planning your trip.
Before flying with a heart condition get your doctor's advice to ensure that it is safe for you. Remember that most travel insurance providers will not provide cover for people who are travelling against their doctor's advice.
If you struggle to get around due to your heart condition, you will probably want to make sure that your hotel and restaurants are in close proximity to one another. Check that your hotel isn't at the top of a steep hill. If you are unclear about the location of your accommodation, contact the hotelier directly to discuss your specific needs.
Extreme temperatures can affect people with heart conditions. Before you book your holiday, research the climate of your chosen holiday destination.
In cold climates, your heart rate and blood pressure can increase, putting you more at risk of suffering a heart attack if you already have problems with your heart. If you are travelling to a cold country, make sure you keep warm and find accommodation that is well equipped to deal with the cold.
Hot climates can also put a strain on your heart if you suffer from a heart condition. If you are travelling to a hot country, drink plenty of water and keep cool by seeking shade in the heat of the day.
In short, always seek your doctor's advice before you travel and declare your heart condition when you buy travel insurance.