If you are suffering from atrial fibrillation, or AFib, you may feel anxious about traveling. Actually, it is perfectly fine to travel with AFib, as long as you are receiving good medical care and advice. Here are some things you need to do before and during your trip.
Before You Go:
Consult your cardiologist
It is important that you let your doctor know the place and duration of your travel. Ask him or her if it is safe for you to travel and what precautions you have to take. Also, find out whether or not your implanted device is easily available in the place where you will be traveling. If your doctor is well-connected, he or she can recommend a doctor or medical facility in your travel destination that has the kind of implanted device you are using.
Bring your medical card and ID bracelet or necklace
If you do not have a medical ID, you should get one before your trip. Information that you should have on the ID includes your medical condition, medications, implanted devices, and your physician’s contact information. If you want to include more information, it is a good idea to get a digital ID.
Pack extra medication
Medications are one of the most important items on your packing list. To be safe, bring twice the amount of medications you need. Place half of them in your carry-on and half in your checked luggage, so that you will still have sufficient supply if one of your bags is lost or stolen.
We will provide more safe travel tips for people with AFib in our next post.