Experiences of air travel in patients with chronic heart failure

Ingle, L., Hobkirk, J., Damy, T., Nabb, S., Clark, A. L. and Cleland, J. G.F. (2012) Experiences of air travel in patients with chronic heart failure. International Journal of Cardiology, 158(1), pp. 66-70. (doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2010.12.101) (PMID:21256607) (PMCID:PMC3387374)

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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 (Appendix 1). 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.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cleland, Professor John
Authors: Ingle, L., Hobkirk, J., Damy, T., Nabb, S., Clark, A. L., and Cleland, J. G.F.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Robertson Centre
Journal Name:International Journal of Cardiology
ISSN (Online):1874-1754
Published Online:21 January 2011
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
First Published:First published in International Journal of Cardiology 158(2012):66-70
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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