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    Stroke & Flying
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    johnride posted:
    I had a stroke on June 27th and received TPA within one hour, I have regained 98% of my previous strength. My question--IS IT OK TO TAKE A 3-4 HOUR COMMERCIAL FLIGHT (on 25 August)
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    Richard C Senelick, MD responded:
    First, you need to check with your doctor since there are may several variables that fac tor into whether a person can fly after an illness. Generally, a patient who has had a stroke should not have any trouble flying 2 months after their stroke. Many patients are transported by air ambulance at earlier dates. However, an air ambulance can fly at a lower altitude and control the pressure in the cabin for a particular patient. On the other hand, the cabin pressure of commercial airplanes is tolerated by almost all individuals.

    You will be taking a realtively long flight and you need to do exercises to prevent blood clots in your legs. Here is a link that has excellent suggestions for airline travelers.

    Finally, never pack your pills in checked baggage and carry them on the plane with you. Have a good trip.

    Good Luck

    Enjoy your trip
    After your stroke you may be experiencing a new normal, but remember what George Eliot said- It is never too late to be what you might have been. You still can achieve new goals.


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