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Traveling with your
CardioMEMS HF System

Generally, traveling with your system is easy and safe. Here are some things to know or consider:

First, consult with your doctor.

It’s important to notify your care team about your travel plans, so they can:

  • Help you connect with a doctor at your destination, just in case you need care.
  • Help you plan for the right level of exercise or activity while you’re away.
  • Create a travel plan and emergency action plan for long-distance trips.
  • Talk with you about travel safety rules for equipment.
  • Help you think through how to manage any possible issues.
  • Provide any other relevant information.

What to bring with you

In addition to following other recommendations from your doctor:

  • Pack any medications. Bring about a week’s more than you expect to need for the trip. If traveling by plane, pack your medication in your carry-on so it’s with you for the entire journey.
  • Bring a photocopy of the prescriptions your doctor wrote, along with any related insurance or pharmacy information so you can get prescriptions filled while you’re away.
  • Make sure to carry your patient ID card wherever you go.
  • Pack your electronics system in its carrying case to check it as luggage.

Air Travel

Traveling by plane? Rest easy: Air travel, including passing through airports, is safe and shouldn’t alert security as you pass through security checkpoints. It’s also simple, if you know what to look for.

  • When you go through security checkpoints, move through metal detectors at a normal walking speed.
  • Download a travel letter for your CardioMEMS™ HF System
  • On your flight, stay hydrated and move around as much as possible. When you’re sitting, do simple ankle rotations and leg movements to keep the blood circulating in your body.
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Car and RV Travel

If you’ll be taking a road trip by car or RV, consider the following recommendations:

  • Tell family or a close friend where you’ll be going and what your route will be in case any issues come up on the road.
  • Keep your cell phone handy and charged if you have one, so you can be in touch any time you may need support or assistance.

Cruise Ships

Cruise ships often have a doctor and medical services on board. Before booking your trip:

  • Ask if the cruise ship provides medical resources.
  • Find out if the ship offers group cruises for people with implanted devices.

Questions?  Get support.

We can help answer your questions about traveling safely with your CardioMEMS HF System.

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