In India, there is no recommended number of days a person should wait before flying after a heart attack. The ability to travel after a heart attack depends on the condition of the patient and the regulations of the chosen airline. In India, all airlines need a medical clearance certificate that clearly states that the person is healthy enough to travel, has no complications and is at low risk of having another episode, to travel on a flight.
Research published in the Nature journal suggests, “Pre-travel risk assessment should be performed by a clinician 4–6 weeks before departure, and patients should receive advice on potential travel-related illness and on strategies to prevent volume depletion”. During the analyses, the doctor will advise on dos and don’ts for travelling with precautions. Some dos may include keeping prescribed medicines handy or walking around whenever possible. However, don’ts may include sitting for long hours as it may produce blood clots in the legs or not informing the airline beforehand about equipment required during the journey.
In conclusion, patients can travel after a heart attack but need to obtain a clearance certificate from a physician and inform the chosen airline beforehand. Full information on the documents required to fly after a heart attack can be availed from respective airline’s customer support.
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