Will Rogers once said: “When I die, I want to die like my grandfather, who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car.”
According to a paper presented at the European Society of Cardiology, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of natural death among people who are traveling.
So as you head out for a spring break or a weekend adventure, if you're one of the 15 million Americans with coronary artery disease, or among the 78 million with high blood pressure, don't ignore heart attack symptoms while away from home.
Those symptoms include pain in the chest, throat, neck, back, stomach, or shoulders that lasts for more than 15 minutes.
In addition, women commonly experience unusual fatigue, shortness of breath, and sweating.
How to deal with cardiac symptoms while traveling:
• The American Heart Association recommends letting your doctors know where you'll be headed beforehand. They might know physicians or reputable heart institutes in the area if help is needed.
• Always make sure you have your medications with you (and updated) as well as your cardiologist's phone number.
• Have local emergency numbers at hand; and before going abroad, learn phrases you may need to communicate a medical emergency.
• Your local medical center and some credit card companies offer a global emergency evacuation policy that you can purchase prior to traveling. Look into it.