There’s nothing in the world like traveling. You get to see a new place and create wonderful memories. If you’re traveling to a different country, you’ll learn about a different culture and you may pick up a little about a new language. 

The only downside with traveling is it may take a toll on your health, especially if you have a heart condition. Did you know an American has a heart attack every 40 seconds? If you’re one of these people, you may be wondering if you can travel after a heart attack.

The good news is you can! Here are 3 tips to know first.

  1. Choose the Best Destination

Your travel destination matters more than you think, especially if you recently suffered a heart attack. For example, you likely have prescription medications. Make sure the destination you’re going to will allow these medications. Extreme weather conditions may affect your heart health, so you may want to skip the summer beach vacation or the ski trip.

In addition, you’ll want to keep elevation in mind. Destinations with high altitudes can make it difficult to breathe, especially when you have a heart condition. Try to not do any rock climbing or extensive hiking on your vacation.

  1. Skip Air Travel (At Least Until You’re Better)

There are many transportation options you may choose when traveling, but traveling by air is one of the most popular travel options.

Are you planning on traveling by air? Many people with medical conditions, including heart disease, fly on an airplane without any problem. But if your heart attack was recent, put off any air travel until your condition improves.

If you’re unsure, always speak to your doctor first. They can recommend whether or not travelling after a heart attack, especially by plane, is a good idea. And if you get the okay from your doctor, you should also inform the airline. Ensure they have a medical team available that can assist you if the worst happens.

  1. Purchase Travel Health Insurance

Whether you travel domestically or internationally, you should always ensure you’re covered in case you have health problems while traveling. You’ll specifically want to look for travel health insurance that covers your heart condition.

Why is this important? Medical care abroad can be expensive, especially for heart conditions.

There are many travel health plans available, so be sure to shop around and find the one that suits your needs and budget. In addition, there are many specialty travel health options available in case you can’t find a plan that covers a pre-existing condition.

Travel After a Heart Attack Is Possible

After a heart attack, you’re likely ready to get back to doing what you love, such as traveling.

The thrill and adventure of traveling is addictive, and there are probably still things you want to cross off your bucket list. As long as you choose the right destination, avoid flying, and purchase travel health insurance, you should be good to get back to traveling. And make sure you talk to your doctor before leaving.

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