Travel Tips for Heart Disease Patients

Heart disease doesn't need to limit your ability to travel. Here are some tips to keep you feeling your best while on the go.

Your Medications

  • Check to see if you have enough doses of your medications well before you leave home. Bring enough with you for your trip plus a few extra days.
  • Keep your medications with you. Don't leave them in your luggage if you fly. Put them in your carry-on bag.
  • Organize your medications before you leave home. Put a week's supply in a pill organizer to help you stick to your routine.
  • Carry a small water bottle with you in case you need to take your medications while traveling. Bring along snacks if your medications must be taken with food.

At the Airport

  • When traveling by plane, walk up and down the aisles to stretch your legs and get your circulation going. This can help reduce foot and ankle swelling.
  • If your feet and ankles tend to swell, wear comfortable shoes and socks. Try to elevate your feet above chest level when you arrive, and take time to rest.
  • Use a cart or suitcase on wheels, and get help with your luggage from a porter.

Be Prepared

  • Take your favorite low-sodium herb blend with you so that you can enjoy foods made without salt.
  • Get plenty of rest before, during, and after your trip.
  • If you'll be walking a lot on your trip, start a walking program before you leave.

Clinical review by Kristine Moore, RN
Kaiser Permanente
Reviewed 03/01/2014