If you have heart disease, you might wonder if you can travel. Is it safe to fly? Are you fit enough for sightseeing? What happens if you have symptoms while on the road?\nIn many cases, people with heart disease may have very few, if any, limitations on traveling. While there are some things to keep in mind, with a bit of planning and awareness, you can have a safe, fun trip.\nTravel and Heart Conditions: Know Before You Go\nWhether you want to visit the beach you’ve gone to for years or an exciting city halfway around the world, start with a trip to your doctor’s office.\nTalk with your doctor about how you’re feeling, where you want to go, and what you want to do while you’re on vacation. If your plans include more strenuous activities than you do on a regular basis, like swimming, hiking, or even just more walking than usual, your doctor can help you figure out what is safe. In some cases, your doctor might recommend a walking program, or a round of cardiac rehabilitation, to help you get ready for the activities on your trip.\nYour doctor could also suggest waiting to travel if:\n\nYou’ve had a recent heart attack or stroke\nYou recently had heart surgery or another procedure\nYour symptoms are not under control\n\nAnd, if you have a pacemaker or implanted cardiac defibrillator (ICD), your doctor can tell you how to safely navigate airport security.\nPlan Ahead for Your Heart Health\nOnce your doctor tells you it’s safe to travel, find out about the local hospitals in the area you plan to visit. Your doctor may have recommendations for a heart center or a local cardiologist in case you have symptoms on your trip.\nRemember that in more remote places, you might have a long drive \u2014 or an expensive flight \u2014 to the nearest hospital. Take a look at your health insurance to check on your out-of-area coverage, and consider\u00a0getting traveler’s insurance in case of an emergency.\nTo manage your medication, get your prescriptions filled before you go, and remember that if you’re traveling overseas, the same types of medicines may not be available. Pack your medicine in a carry-on bag so you can get to it easily on a flight, and keep a bottle of water and healthy snacks with you as well.\nWherever you go, have a list of the medicines you take, as well as your cardiologist’s name and phone number, on you at all times.\nHave a Safe Trip\nTraveling can be stressful and tiring, and it’s easy to overdo it when visiting a new place. To make the most of your trip:\n\nAllow plenty of time to get to (and around) the airport so you don’t feel rushed or worry about missing a flight.\nDuring a long flight or car trip, get up and move around every few hours to avoid blood clots, especially if you have peripheral arterial disease (PAD), heart failure, or a history of blood clots.\nTake it easy with your schedule, and plan time each day to rest between your activities.\nFollow your diet as much as you can and remember that some foods, like raw foods or unpasteurized dairy products, may not be safe to eat.\nDrink water, and go easy on alcohol or caffeinated beverages.\n\nIf you have any symptoms, don’t wait \u2014\u00a0get help right away.\nTo learn more, visit the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute or call 1-855-UPMC-HVI (876-2484).