Help for cardiac patients while traveling

Heart patients are naturally particularly concerned about their "most important organ". Especially if they have already had an infarct and want to take no more risk. Especially not when they go on vacation and - depending on the destination - the quality of medical care is difficult to assess. For this group of people medically assisted holiday trips are an alternative to the not entirely voluntary holiday on "balcony".

Travel with medical assistance

For cardiac patients who want to enjoy their holidays without fear or worry after a heart attack or a bypass operation, two organizers in Cologne and Würzburg offer travel programs with medical assistance. The holidaymakers are looked after 24 hours a day by doctors mediated by the Deutsche Herzstiftung and the emergency equipment is always there. Almost always gymnastics and relaxation exercises and heart seminars are offered by qualified professionals on the road or directly at the resort. The holiday trips are carefully tailored to the wishes and needs of people with heart disease. They offer a high degree of security through the medical support. The destinations include the Algarve, Sicily, La Palma and Tenerife. You can also book river cruises on the Danube and Rhone, as well as cruises in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Further information about the individual destinations can be found at the Deutsche Herzstiftung. There are also addresses of rehabilitation clinics for cardiovascular diseases available, which in addition to the rehabilitation also holiday packages have in the program.

Emergency speech leader of the German Heart Foundation

Not only in the case of a heart attack counts every minute, also in other cardiac emergencies must be summoned immediate help. This can be particularly problematic when traveling abroad, if a lack of language skills lead to misunderstandings and thus prevent timely help. To ensure that cardiac patients can travel safely to foreign countries, the German Heart Foundation offers for the second time a free phrasebook that contains the most important medical phrases for heart failure and can be stored in every pocket. Around 40 phrases such as "Get emergency medical service immediately", "Where is the nearest doctor" or "I have severe respiratory distress" are translated into Greek, Portuguese, Russian, Polish and Czech in the new volume. The first volume had already taken into account the five national languages ​​English, French, Italian, Spanish and Turkish.

Good planning in advance

However, so that it does not come to emergencies on vacation or on business trips, the German Heart Foundation advises all cardiac patients to first talk to the doctor about the destination country. Not every region is equally suitable for cardiac patients. Especially hot areas can put a heavy strain on the circulation and provoke heart problems. In addition, locations with an emergency clinic that can be reached quickly, in which state-of-the-art treatment is used, for example so-called cardiac catheterization or thrombolysis techniques, are advantageous. In addition, you should inquire before leaving for the medical emergency number of each destination, in order to lose valuable time in an emergency.

Some tips for a successful trip

  • Basically, every heart patient should discuss his plans with the attending physician. General rules are difficult to set up.
  • Before a long-distance flight, cardiac patients must consult with the doctor as to whether the burden is justifiable and how the risks are to be minimized.
  • People who have had heart surgery should avoid flying for a few weeks. Which times are necessary in an individual case, decides the doctor.
  • To avoid stress at the airport, cardiac patients should arrive early and avoid physical exertion.
  • Do not stow medicine in a suitcase, but keep it easily accessible in your hand luggage so that it can be taken during the flight at the usual times.
  • At the holiday destination you should approach it slowly and relaxed and get used to the foreign climate first.
  • Also on vacation always carry the emergency preparations and the emergency language guide.
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