Harvard Heart Letter

How to prepare for a safe vacation

People with heart disease should take precautions before going on vacation. These include making sure to take more than enough medications as well as a  recent electrocardiogram, basic medical information, and their doctor’s contact information. It'’s important to make sure it'’s safe to fly or visit a high-altitude destination. Staying adequately hydrated is important. Those with a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator should ask for a pat-down instead of a wand search by airport security. Buying air ambulance or repatriation insurance before leaving home may also be wise.
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