Travelling with a Heart Condition

Holidays are all about taking time out to relax. If you suffer from a heart condition there's no reason why you can't travel - just bear in mind that certain holidays might be more suitable than others and take the necessary precautions when you travel.

Here are a few things you should bear in mind if you are travelling with a heart condition:

  • Buy comprehensive travel insurance - goodtogoinsurance.com can cover you if you suffer from a heart condition. Make sure you declare your illness when you book
  • Get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) in addition to your travel insurance so that you can receive free or low cost state healthcare in the EEA (European Economic Area) and Switzerland
  • If you have recently had a heart attack or you've had surgery on your heart, consult your doctor before flying
  • Book accommodation that offers easy access - avoid hotels that are up steep hills or steps
  • Avoid very hot, very cold or high altitude destinations as this could put strain on your heart
  • Stick to a healthy diet while you are abroad. Here are some tips on what you can tuck into at popular holiday destinations:
    • Italy - Enjoy vegetable, seafood or chicken pizza toppings but avoid fatty meats
    • Greece - Eat humus or tzatziki with vegetables and chicken or fish souvalakia. Avoid taramasalata and moussaka as they are high in fat
    • Spain and Portugal - Gaspacho soup, seafood and paella are all healthy options, but avoid chorizo as it-s high in fat and salt
    • France - Eat moules marinere, steak and French onion soup. Avoid creamy soups and sauces and rich pastries that are high in saturated fats
    • Morocco - Tagines, couscous, grilled aubergine and dried fruit are all healthy options. Steer clear of pastries and pies and watch out for mint tea that's been loaded with sugar
    • Mexico - Eat chicken, fish or vegetable fajitas but avoid quesadillas and enchiladas as they can contain a lot of cheese. Guacamole and refried beans are high in fat so enjoy them in small quantities

Travelling with a heart condition can present a few hurdles, but if you take care at meal times, and plan early to avoid stress, then you will have a fantastic time abroad.