For patients with AF, flying can be a daunting prospect. Firstly, provided your AF is well controlled and you are not extremely symptomatic, there is no reason why you can’t fly.

The following tips may help you have a worry-free trip.

  1. You should declare your AF to your travel insurer and consider buying specialist AF travel cover.
  2. It is important to take all the medications that you need and keep them in your carry-on luggage.
  3. It is advisable to keep well hydrated and avoid excessive alcohol on the flight.
  4. It is also advisable to mobilise frequently during the flight. This will reduce the risk of blood clots in your legs.
  5. Before leaving, look at medical centres in or close to your holiday destination just in case you have a medical emergency
  6. You can consider wearing a medical alert bracelet with information about your condition printed on it.

If you are a pilot and have AF, we recommend that you contact your regulatory authority and seek their advice before flying.