Heart Failure: Living with Heart Failure: Living With

Travel Tips

  • Talk to your doctor or nurse about your travel plans and provide a number where you can be reached.
  • Make sure you have the phone number for your doctor or nurse.
  • Pack all your medications and make sure you have enough to last throughout your trip. Use the same reminder system as you do at home (pill organizer, alarm, etc).
  • When flying, always pack your medications in your carry-on luggage. You may need a letter from your doctor to verify your medications, especially if you travel internationally. This letter should go in with your medications.
  • Always wear your Emergency Medical Identification.
  • Be careful to avoid infection. If there is a risk of unsafe water, drink bottled water and order beverages without ice. Swim only in chlorinated pools.
  • Carefully choose food and drink. Stay on track with your sodium and fluid restrictions.

Work Life

If you have been in the hospital because of heart failure, your doctor or nurse will let you know when you can return to work. Your ability to work depends on your overall health, symptoms and how quickly you recover.Talk to your doctor about the kind of job you have and possible effects on your heart condition. You may need to make changes at work. It is best to return to work for as long as you are able.If you aren’t able to perform your normal job, you may want to consider training for a different position or taking time off for disability.Because heart failure is a chronic long-term illness, talk to your doctor and your family about your preferences for medical care. You can complete an advance directive or living will to let everyone involved in your care know your desires. A living will details the treatments you do or don’t want to prolong your life. It is a good idea to prepare a living will while you are well in case you aren’t able to make these decisions at a later time.