Self monitoring for stress-free traveling

Traveling in general can be a stress inducing activities. Making deadlines, remembering to pack everything and reassuring everyone is having a good time can be difficult. Traveling with AFib is a whole other story. On top of the traveling stress, your heart health is particularly important. Managing your stress levels and enjoying the vacation is possible! For a fun, relaxing vacation follow these tips for traveling with AFib to make the most out of your trip!

Before Travel

1. Medications

Before you leave, make sure all of your heart medications are fully stocked and packed. If possible, take some extra to avoid not having enough in the result of lost belongings.

2. Medical Alert Bracelet

If you do not already have one, purchase a medical bracelet and wear it on your trip. It should list your condition, medications and contact information in the instance of an emergency.

3. Self-Monitoring Device

If you are traveling with Afib, considering taking a self-monitoring device with you for peace of mind in case you think you are having an event. A device such as AfibAlert (link) is very portable and gives instant feedback so you know whether or not you need medical attention very quickly and reliably.

During Travel

1. Security

If your trip requires flying, or any type of security checkpoints, make sure to notify security. Going through metal detectors can disrupt pacemakers and other medical devices. Ask for a pat down instead.

2. Get up and stretch

Whether it’s a long car ride or a flight, getting up and stretching your legs is recommended. With AFib, you are at a higher risk for blood clots. Remaining sedentary for too long can increase this risk even more. Walking up and down the aisle of the planes every few hours or taking an extra stop on a car ride is a good idea.

3. Hydrate

Dehydration can trigger Afib symptoms. Avoid dehydrating liquids such as caffeine and alcohol and remember to drink lots of water.

After your arrival

1. Schedule

Being overtired can trigger Afib symptoms. Try to remain to a normal sleep schedule as much as possible.

2. Avoid exhaustion

Both physical and mental exhaustion can increase risk of an Afib episode. Be active, but know your limits to physical activities.

3. Enjoy yourself

Traveling can be a wonderful experience and shouldn’t be inhibited by your Afib condition. Enjoy yourself on vacation, know your boundaries and overall remember to relax


Sources:

Web MD, Atrial Fibrillation Travel Tips

Everyday Health, Travel Tips for Atrial Fibrillation

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