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Traveling Safely with Atrial Fibrillation - Part 2

November 16, 2012

In our previous post, we talked about the precautions you need to take before traveling if you have atrial fibrillation. Today, we will discuss some of the things you should do while you are traveling and after you reach your destination.

During Travel

Let security know about your implanted device 

airport traveling atrial fibrillationMetal detectors can interfere with the functioning of implanted devices. Instead of going through a metal detector, ask the security officer to pat you down.

Move around 

Sitting in a cramped airline seat, car, or bus for a long time can make you more susceptible to blood clots, which can in turn lead to stroke. Get up and walk around regularly if you are traveling in a plane, or make stops to stretch your legs if you are in a car.

Bring enough water

Dehydration can trigger symptoms of AFib. Make sure you always have a bottle of water with you.

At Your Destination

Do not overindulge 

It is common for people to overindulge while they are traveling. Make a point to stick to your healthy diet and refrain from drinking too much alcohol.

Be active 

Physical activity is beneficial to people who have AFib. However, you should not push yourself too hard because overexertion can trigger AFib symptoms. Choose activities that suit your fitness level.

Get enough sleep

Overtiredness is one of the common triggers for AFib, and therefore, it is important that you get enough rest and sleep throughout your trip.

Look out for symptoms

Keep an eye out for unusual symptoms of AFib throughout your trip. If you experience AFib symptoms that last longer than usual or feel different, chest pain, or stroke symptoms, such as weakness or confusion, you should seek medical assistance immediately.

If you need more tips on how to travel safely with AFib, feel free to speak to our cardiologists.

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