Things to know about travelling with angina

For those suffering with a heart condition such as angina, a holiday should be an enjoyable time for you to unwind, de-stress and relax. Provided your condition is stable or your doctor has confirmed you are fit to travel going on holiday shouldn’t be a problem.

If you are travelling with a heart condition such as angina planning ahead is essential and there are a number of things to take into consideration.

Make sure the destination you have chosen doesn’t require too much strenuous activity, so avoiding hilly cities and mountain treks is advisable. Consider opting for a destination where temperatures are less extreme, as this could put added pressure on the heart. Countries with high altitudes are also best to avoid, as the low oxygen levels may worsen your condition.

If you’ve just had surgery for your angina, it is best to speak to your GP about the precautions you should take and any medication you require while away. Remember to take more than enough to last the entire trip. It may be helpful to research the destination you are travelling to so you’re fully aware of the medical facilities in and around the area.

When travelling by air, it may be required by some airlines and airport security for you to have a letter from your GP regarding your condition, medication and/or any medical devices you will may need to travel with. Make sure you check with your airline.

Travelling to the airport

This can be the most stressful part of the entire holiday. But you can reduce the stress by doing a few things:

1-Allowing yourself plenty of time to get there, so there is no need to rush around.

2-Avoid carrying heavy luggage by making full use of the airport luggage trolleys. If you do require any additional assistance with your luggage or during your flight, ensure you inform the airport beforehand.

3-Book an airport hotel for the night before the your flight.

If you are planning on travelling with angina, it is important that you purchase comprehensive specialist angina travel insurance, giving you peace of mind in the knowledge that whatever happens you are fully covered.

Travel tip
We all know how easy it is to forget and become more relaxed about maintaining a healthy lifestyle when on holiday. But it is important to try and eat right and only drink moderate amounts of alcohol.