Navigating air travel and cardiovascular concerns: Is the sky the limit?

Muhammad Hammadah, Bryan R. Kindya, Marc P. Allard-Ratick, Sammer Jazbeh, Danny Eapen, W. H. Wilson Tang, Laurence Sperling

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As the population ages and our ability to care for patients with cardiac disease improves, an increasing number of passengers with cardiovascular conditions will be traveling long distances. Many have had cardiac symptoms, recent interventions, devices, or surgery. Air travel is safe for most individuals with stable cardiovascular disease. However, a thorough understanding of the physiologic changes during air travel is essential given the potential impact on cardiovascular health and the risk of complications in passengers with preexisting cardiac conditions. It is important for clinicians to be aware of the current recommendations and precautions that need to be taken before and during air travel for passengers with cardiovascular concerns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)660-666
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Cardiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Air Travel
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • ICD
  • Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator
  • LVAD
  • Left Ventricular Assist Device
  • Pacemaker
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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