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Shannonslattery, August 7,  2016  5:54am EST

Afib and air plane travel

my company wants me to travel from Seattle to Chicago for a meeting. I was diagnosed with Afib 6 months ago, my IR told me to live a normal life. I am taking a beta blocker daily, I am worried that air travel could cause a Afib attack? Please let me know your experience with air travel.
  • Barbara Jane
    Barbara Jane, March 27,  2017  5:14am EST
    I love using "wheelchair service" at airports.  The pushers are usually so kind and accomodating.  Just have lots of $1 and $5 bills handy to tip, depending on the length of the ride.
  • Lutonian88
    Lutonian88, March 26,  2017  6:20am EST
    zippy:Regarding air travel - make it easy on yourself~!I travel from Austin to CA and other locations regularly - the flights are about 4 hours - I prefer non-stop, no plane changes because it is easier.I've learned to check in at the curb, take a wheelchair at the curb, and the whole process is much easier.  They'll get you thru security quickly and efficiently, and to the gate.  Take the wheelchair all the way to the entry to the plane.  Have them meet you on the other end with wheelchair, they'll take you to baggage claim, to your rental car, etc.Yes, one might have to get over their pride or ego to take a wheelchair - I got over it real fast when I was completely out of breath and had to stop several times, just walking to the baggage claim area.  NOT good.  Since then, I just ask for and receive assistance.  Everyone is really great about it.  Yes, I do tip the person pushing the chair, the baggage guy, etc.  To me, their assistance is priceless~!!The flights, for me, aren't the issue. It's getting thru the airport, so, by using a wheelchair and getting help with bags, I can travel pretty easily, even though it can be tiring.  Travel the day before, rest up that night, and you'll be fine the next day.  Travel home the day AFTER your event/meeting/conference - again, much easier.I do allow lots of time, and am typically at the gate a full hour before boarding time.  I would MUCH rather just sit and wait than have to rush.  It's the rushing, walking fast, and physical exertion that makes air travel hard, so just plan ahead and avoid it.If you have a CPAP machine, definitely take it with you~!  Security will most likely have you remove it from the bag, (don't forget to empty the water from the CPAP)  so I like to make sure my face mask is protected, or, you can even put it in your checked bag. I prefer to carry my meds and CPAP in a small carry on bag, so I know I have them both with me at all times - gives me peace of mind.Enjoy your flights~!Zippy
  • Lalabuddy
    Lalabuddy, March 25,  2017  1:33pm EST
    Fit-N-Happy,We drive from Colorado to NC several times a year - it's a 24 hour drive and we do it in 2 days - 12 hours each day. Stay hydrated - drink plenty of water which will make you stop frequently - eat healthy food and get plenty of sleep. I've never had any problems. Best of luck!
  • zippy
    zippy, March 24,  2017  4:13am EST
    I regularly travel long distances and/or hours in the car.  The key is to stop at least every 2 hours, just for about 10-15 minutes - get out of the car and walk around.  This is easily done with bathroom breaks, filling the car, etc.  Just pull off in a safe place and walk for a bit, then go again.  Yes, overall the trip can take a bit longer, yet you will arrive in MUCH better shape, feeling better, and your body will function better by taking the breaks.  My chiropractor even does this, and he's perfectly healthy in his early 30's.  It does make a difference~!The times I haven't done this, I'm not a happy camper when I arrive because I don't feel that great, and tend to want to be more sedentary.Enjoy your trip~!Zippy
  • fit-N-happy2
    fit-N-happy2, March 24,  2017  1:11am EST
    Hello everyone, I am new to the forum and I appreciate the suggestions and advice.  I have a question for anyone, I am planning to tavel to Florida by car from North Carolina, which wil be an eight hour time. Has anyone traveled long distance by car, if so what suggestions would you have to make the journey comfortable?Thank you!
  • normpel
    normpel, August 11,  2016  11:51am EST
    From what I have been reading and my own personal experience (I have A-Fib), there is no problem in flying.  I just flew from Maryland to Massachusetts a few weeks ago round-trip with no problem.  I had a cardiversion done this past Friday but it only lasted 3 days.  I'm waiting to hear from my EP and cardiologist to see what they want to do.
  • K9Trainer
    K9Trainer, August 10,  2016  3:39am EST
    I always wear Compression socks, hydrate before n after... always take 81 mg aspirin  n 500mg Magnesium
  • Trish
    Trish, August 9,  2016  3:48am EST
    I fly a lot and never had a problem. Lots of water=lots of bathroom breaks= moving around. Take your trips and live your life. Think afib is a manageable " disease" and the anxiety it causes can be disabling. Anyone out there with info on acidity/alkalinity diets? Sounds like overriding acidity could be a factor in afib trigger. GERD is a trigger so getting the balance right could eliminate one possible trigger. I keep trying to figure this thing out but the variables are to all, Trish, seeker of knowledge
  • Keithf4099
    Keithf4099, August 8,  2016  12:06pm EST
    Hi, I have had Afib (three or four days every four to six weeks) and have had no trouble flying. We are leaving on vacation Wednesday and I am going with or without Afib. I am on Pradaxa and several other meds. As several others mentioned, sometimes the stress of getting ready will trigger the afib, but not the flight.Keith
  • normpel
    normpel, August 8,  2016  11:45am EST
    You should have no problem.  I just returned from air travel and I have persistent a-fib. I did not notice anything different from previous travel..
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