Going on vacation is wonderful, but travel, changes in routine, and being away from your medical team can lead to complications with your AFib. By being prepared, you can relax and enjoy your trip.
Watch the video above to learn the five steps you should take before setting off on a trip, or read the written summary below.
See Your Doctor Before You Leave
Make an appointment with your cardiologist to check in and ask about prescriptions and/or recommendations for while you are away.
Keep in mind appointments with medical specialists are often booked months in advance.
Gather Your Documents and Medication
Keep all your health care records, prescriptions and resource list on hand in an organized folder.
Verify Your Insurance Coverage
Look carefully at your insurance plan, and remember that you will need to purchase travel health insurance if you are leaving the country.
Prevent Blood Clot Formation
Get up and walk around if you are on a plane, ship or train. In a car, be sure to take frequent breaks.
If for any reason you can’t get up, move and stretch your legs by tightening and releasing your muscles.
Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, but avoid consuming alcohol and coffee; both are diuretics that will dehydrate you.