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John-3334, December 2,  2017  4:07am EST


My first episode of afib was in April of this and my second was 3 weeks ago.. I’m on medication cardizam and aspirin as well as an anxiety medication.. I’m getting married in August and trying to plan a honeymoon. We looked at punta cana and cruises but not sure how the travel insurance works. People say out of pocket cost who have tens of thousands of dollars on hand if something happens.  Just reaching out any knowledge or experiences/recommendations welcomed thanks 
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  • Jeanamo
    Jeanamo, December 2,  2017  7:36am EST
    Hello, John, an welcome to this forum!  It is a good idea to buy travel insurance in case you have to cancel a trip, have an illness or physical occurance while away (or an accident)  that requires treatment or a return home.  There are a number of good travel insurance plans available.  You can search for them on line and compare the expense and coverage.  Often the travel agency or cruise line will offer travel insurance, but it is wise to check other insurance available which may suit  your needs better than what is offered by the agency or cruise line.  Before purchasing one, be sure to read ALL the fine print so that you will know EXACTLY what is covered and what is not. There are medical facilities and physicians on board ships, but if there is a serious condition, sometimes the patient must go to the nearest port hospital or return home...whichever works best.  If you are considering Punta Cana, you might check out medical facilities in that area as well.  Chances are that you will not have to use your travel insurance, but it will give you peace of mind "just in case".  Be sure to check for coverage of pre-existing conditions and all other exclusions in each policy.  Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I have been to the Dominican Republic and Punta Cana is a beautiful place for a honeymoon.....and as a "veteran" of 14 cruises, I can assure you that they are a lot of fun too!  Between now and August, keep your visits current with your electrophysiologist so that you are taking the prescribed medicines with you on the trip.   You might also inquire about "what to do" if you experience any a-fib episode while away from home.Best wishes to you and your future spouse,Jean(My A-fib Experience Community Leader)
  • dbabb
    dbabb, December 2,  2017  1:00pm EST
    Hello!  First of all, congratulations on your upcoming wedding!  You have some exciting times ahead of you!  Jeanamo had some great info for you!  I just wanted to reiterate that it's important to get trip insurance!  It's important, too, that you book your insurance with in a few days of your initial trip deposit so you can get the "pre-existing coverage".  I have found that the third party insurance companies have better rates and far better coverage than the tour operators or cruiselines.  Check it out before you purchase insurance.  (I'd be happy to give you some websites for info if you'd like.)Once you have insurance, go and have a great time!  I know it's difficult (believe me!!), but life is too short to miss out on something as important as your honeymoon.  There's a great chance that all will be just fine!  And if it's not, you will have insurance to help with the costs.   My husband and I have cruised every summer for the past 15 years.  The last 5 years, I've had to worry about having A-fib in the middle of the ocean!  In fact, twice that happened to me!  It was a little worrisome, but luckily I converted on my own after a day or so.  We just took it easy in those ports.  Yes, it put a damper on a couple of days, but I refuse to give up our travels!  I always, always see my EP prior to a trip, and we develop a plan in case something happens.  Knowing what you should do really does help with the anxiety of not being at home.So, I say......GO!  Go where ever you want to go.  Make it an adventure of a lifetime!  If afib happens, you'll deal with it.  And if it doesnt....You'll make wonderful memories!
  • geoo
    geoo, December 5,  2017  7:10pm EST
    have a nice trip and try to relax and have fun.
  • ariachris56
    ariachris56, February 6,  2020  4:38am EST

    Its a damn good idea no doubt. 

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