Travel tips for heart disease patients
Heart disease doesn't need to limit your ability to travel. Here are some tips to keep you feeling your best while on the go.
- Check to see if you have enough doses of your medications well before you leave home. Bring enough with you for your trip plus a few extra days.
- Keep your medications with you. Don't leave them in your luggage if you fly. Put them in your carry-on bag.
- Organize your medications before you leave home. Put a week's supply in a pill organizer to help you stick to your routine.
- Carry a small water bottle with you in case you need to take your medications while traveling. Bring along snacks if your medications must be taken with food.
At the airport
- When traveling by plane, walk up and down the aisles to stretch your legs and get your circulation going. This can help reduce foot and ankle swelling.
- If your feet and ankles tend to swell, wear comfortable shoes and socks. Try to elevate your feet above chest level when you arrive, and take time to rest.
- Use a cart or suitcase on wheels, and get help with your luggage from a porter.
- Take your favorite low-sodium herb blend with you so that you can enjoy foods made without salt.
- Get plenty of rest before, during, and after your trip.
- If you'll be walking a lot on your trip, start a walking program before you leave.
Clinical review by Avra Cohen, RN