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Experiences of air travel in patients with chronic heart failure

Ingle, Lee; Hobkirk, James; Damy, Thibaud; Nabb, Samantha; Clark, Andrew L.; Cleland, John G.F.

Authors

Andrew L. Clark

Samantha Nabb

Thibaud Damy

John G.F. Cleland

Abstract

AIM: To conduct a survey in a representative cohort of ambulatory patients with stable, well managed chronic heart failure (CHF) to discover their experiences of air travel. METHODS: An expert panel including a cardiologist, an exercise scientist, and a psychologist developed a series of survey questions designed to elicit CHF patients' experiences of air travel (Appendix1). The survey questions, information sheets and consent forms were posted out in a self-addressed envelope to 1293 CHF patients. RESULTS: 464 patients (response rate 39%) completed the survey questionnaires. 54% of patients had travelled by air since their heart failure diagnosis. 20% of all patients reported difficulties acquiring travel insurance. 65% of patients who travelled by air experienced no health-related problems. 35% of patients who travelled by air experienced health problems, mainly at the final destination, going through security and on the aircraft. 27% of all patients would not travel by air in the future. 38% of patients would consider flying again if there were more leg room on the aeroplane, if their personal health improved (18%), if they could find cheaper travel insurance (19%), if there were less waiting at the airport (11%), or if there were less walking/fewer stairs to negotiate at the airport (7%). CONCLUSION: For most patients in this sample of stable, well managed CHF, air travel was safe.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 28, 2012
Journal International journal of cardiology
Print ISSN 0167-5273
Electronic ISSN 1874-1754
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 158
Issue 1
Pages 66-70
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcard.2010.12.101
Keywords Survey; Risk; Flying; Health problems; Symptoms
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167527311000027
Copyright Statement © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. Open access under CC BY-NC-ND license.
Additional Information Copy of article first published in: International journal of cardiology, 2012, v.158, issue 1.