Is heart failure an obstacle to air travel?
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CitationErdem, G. (2021) Is heart failure an obstacle to air travel?. Anatolian journal of cardiology. 25, pp 10-12. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5152/anatoljcardiol.2021.s105.
ABSTRACT Rapid increasing trend in air travel brings necessity of urgent approach to health situations such as heart failure (HF). The prevalence of HF was projected to be more than 8 million patients ≥18 years of age in 2030; Main factors that contribute to physiological changes to cardiovascular system during a flight are changes in cabin pressure, humidity, stress, prolonged mobility. Identifying patients at risk of pre/post and during air travel along with adequate care by physicians and crew would help in better outcomes and comfortable travel for patients with HF.