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Old 08-10-2005, 07:10 AM   #1
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High BP and airline travel

Hi all,

My Mom is travelling out of the country tomorrow and her flight is 16 hours. She has been going to the docs everyday to do BP monitoring and its a bit high 160/60. She is 77 years has diabetes but is getting around pretty good now that her heal ulcer is healed.

Anyway, the doc is upping her meds today and going over them before she leaves. She says she really shouldn't be travelling with it up. Does the cabin pressure make your BP go up? What questions should I ask her doctor for her? I think the recent spike in her BP has to do with pre-flight anxiousness. Anyone advise.

I also gave her some instruction on In-Flight Fitness to prevent DVT.

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Old 08-10-2005, 09:39 AM   #2
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Re: High BP and airline travel

I would assume cabin pressure is kept at sea level, but I'm not a "frequent flier."
I think a temporary upping of her meds for the trip is NOT a good idea at all. Who needs a drug complication several miles UP?

Old 08-10-2005, 09:55 AM   #3
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Re: High BP and airline travel

I don't think anyone should change or increase meds right before a trip. I changed meds right before a trip last summer and ended up in the emergency room because of reactions to the new med. This was complicated by the fact that I was in a cabin in the sticks with some friends, and I had to have my friend drive me 50 miles to the nearest hospital, since the area doctor was himself on vacation. And the ER doctors had trouble contacting my regular GP all the way across the country, so they had no clue about my history.

Old 08-20-2005, 07:17 PM   #4
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Re: High BP and airline travel

Mom made it to the Philippines ok but I'm afraid that she experienced a little lightheaded feeling with her new meds. My cousin (a doctor) took her BP and it was low 136/56. That is low for her. Her BP started going up again when she stopped taking the new one Felidopine (sp???) and she feels good at 150/73. I urged her to maybe take the new Felidopine once a day instead of the 3 times a day they prescribed.

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