It's the news you don't want to hear from your cardiologist: One or more of your coronary arteries -- the blood vessels that supply blood to your heart -- is blocked. You have coronary artery disease, the No. 1 killer of U.S. adults.
So does this mean you're headed for bypass surgery? Maybe not, if your situation isn't an emergency.
You might have other options -- including less drastic procedures to reopen those arteries, medication alone, or even radical lifestyle change.
What's your best option?...
Always bring a supply of medicine that will last
longer than the expected length of the trip. That way, if the trip is extended,
you will not run out of medicine.
Bring a list of your medical
conditions and an up-to-date list of your medicines (including dosages). Wear a
medical alert bracelet that identifies your condition.
Bring a list
of the names and phone numbers of your doctors.
Call911 in the event of
If you are traveling out of the country, take along the phone numbers and addresses of embassies in the areas you will visit. They can help you find a doctor or hospital.
For more tips, see Travel Health.
Pacemakers and ICDs
If you have a cardiac device, such as a pacemaker or ICD:
Ask your doctor what you should do if you receive a shock from your
ICD while traveling.
Bring your cardiac device identification cards with you. These cards are usually given to
people after they first have the device put in. They contain information about
the specific type of device that you have, when it was put in, and your
doctor's name and phone number.
At airport security:
You can safely walk through airport security
or anti-theft gates at a normal pace. But do not stand near or lean against
them. Before you pass through a metal detector, tell the security guards that
you have a pacemaker or ICD, and show them your device identification card.
Your pacemaker or ICD may set off a metal detector, but the security archways
will not damage the device.
If you must be searched, ask the
security guard for a hand search. The handheld security wand contains a strong
magnet and should not be used. But if the handheld wand must be used, it should
not be held over your pacemaker or ICD for a long period of time. The security
guard should keep the wand at least
12 in. (30.5 cm) away from your
pacemaker or ICD.
If your device sets off a security alarm, show
your device ID card.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
June 2, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 02, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.
Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this