Source: The Cleveland Clinic

http://www.whatdoctorsknow.com

Heart disease does not need to limit your ability to travel. Here are some key pointers to follow so that you can have a comfortable and heart-healthy vacation:

1. Talk with your doctor:

a) If you're having any new symptoms, make an appointment to see your doctor before you travel.

b) If you have had a recent procedure or hospitalization, ask your doctor when it's safe to travel.

c) Be prepared. Check with your cardiologist to find out if he or she knows of a doctor to contact or find the closest medical center in your travel location in case of problems.

d) If you have an irregular heartbeat, ask your doctor for a copy of your electrocardiogram (ECG).

e) Be sure to have any immunizations required for the country you're visiting and be up to date on your immunization and anti-malarial recommendations. You may want to visit a travel clinic before you go.

2. Check your insurance coverage and make sure it will cover you where you're traveling. Consider purchasing medical evacuation insurance if your health insurance doesn't cover medical evacuation. You'll be glad you did.

3. Medications

a) Make sure you will have enough medication to get you through the entire trip (if not, refill your prescription). Bring enough medication to cover you for a few extra days in case you are delayed for any reason.

b) Make sure your medications are easily accessible in your bag while you are en route. If you are flying, bring all medication in your carry-on luggage.

c) Make sure your medication is clearly labeled.

d) Always have a water bottle in the event that you need to take your medication during travel time.

e) Bring a snack if you need to take any medications with food.

4. If you'll be flying

a) Travel with a suitcase and carryon that are on wheels; better yet, get help with your luggage from a porter or fellow travel mate.

b) Request an aisle seat so you can easily get up and walk around.