Healthy Traveling Tips - For Heart Disease Patients
It's very important for heart patients to have a specific game plan in place when making travel arrangements. Remember, that by following the tips below you can travel, enjoy yourself and maintain a healthy life style. These tips are also good to have in place when going to work, shopping, visiting friends, leisurely drive or on an extended trip, certain precautions should be put into place. I will share the precautions with you.
- Wear a medical bracelet -on the insert write heart patient see wallet in pocket or in purse for specific information.
- Name and Age
- Medical problems or conditions.
- Medication & Dosages
- Surgeries: such as by pass, angioplasty, gastric by pass, kidney surgery .. list any that are prevalent to your medical history.
- Current treatments
- Doctor's name and phone number.
- Request refills prior to your departure so you will have enough during your extended trips. Place the medication in a container and organize your dosages before leaving on your trip. When flying put the medication in your carry on. Don't place it in your luggage in case the luggage gets lost you will have your medication. When traveling in a car, bus or train have your medication within reach. Carry a bottle of water for when you need to take your medication.
- When traveling take time to get up and stretch your legs, walk up and down the aisle when going by airplane, train or bus. This will help your circulation and prevent swelling. When traveling by car stop every hour or so to stretch your legs, walk around in the parking lot to help your circulation.
- If you've had episodes of swelling be sure to wear comfortable socks and shoes.
- When you arrive at your destination have someone help with your luggage, get some rest and if you are experiencing swelling lay down and raise your legs above your heart. Lay there for at least an half hour, longer if needed.
- Be sure when dining out to ask that your food is prepared with out salt. Have your own salt free herb mix to flavor your food to your liking.
- Bring heart healthy snacks and drinks. When flying keep these in your carry on with your medication. When traveling by car have a small cooler for the snacks and drinks. When taking a bus or train have a small carry size cooler for the snacks and drinks.
- When traveling if you will be walking any kind of distance begin a walking program at least six weeks prior to your trip. This will build up your stamina.
- Plan to get plenty of rest the day before you begin traveling, during your traveling and when you get back.
- This was a suggestion from fellow hubber Happyboomernurse that made sense to me so I am adding the suggestion in case this happens to you. Those traveling with you should be flexible in case plans need to change. There may be a day that you are more fatigued than usual and will need to rest. Don't push yourself, listen to your body and rest if it's needed.
- Enjoy your trip!