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My mother has had some heart problems last few years, two miner attacks, one a bit more serious and an  irregular heart beat.

In September she had or her arteries block up and only has one clear one.

I want to take my daughter and two nieces sking in half term to a low level resort 980meters and mum wants to come too. She says she feels well and is fed up with sitting at hoome

She is planning a holiday to Portugal in May too

My family is against this, saying she should sit at home

What do people think

The plane ride is 2.40, check into hotel and a car journey off 2.5 hours to the resort next day.

Alternatively we could go to Scotland but that is an 6 - 10 hour juorney depending on traffic, weather and so on.

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    Wow that's a bit of a difficult one. Having had a triple bypass myself in 2011 I have some experience in these matters. The main thing if flying is to have adequate travel insurance and given your mothers medical history you may not be able to get it? If you can maybe it's worth some risk, but if not I would not risk it.

    When planning a trip make sure you are familiar with local hospitals and again that you have medical insurance to cover any emergency.

    sorry to sound so negative but there have been a couple of news stories locally where a 'dream trip' went horribly wrong and have left families many thousands of dollars out of pocket.

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    Lots of people with medical problems go on holiday. The fact that SHE wants to go is to be encouraged. My father is 88 and has COPD, past heart attack and PMR and he loves to travel. Although he has stopped long haul travel 5 years ago! For some trips the insurance is too much and that is definitely a factor as others have already said. 

    Anyway, good for her that she wants to do more than sit indoors. 

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    Thanks, insurance is a problem as no one will insure her but because it is within Europe it is not such an issue unless we need an air ambulance
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    Why does your GP not refer your mum to a consultant and have an angiogram done ?. If the arteries are that blocked something will be done.I had a 3 way by pass at 53. Surgeon told me I was young to have it done. Meds will not un block arteries. All the best


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      She has been.

      She had two arteries unblocked three years ago, the consultant decided not to do the third one. Then she was taken ill again last September, one of the arteries was unblocked and he was going to do the second one but left. The current one says the blockage is right at the end so are complications and he does not want to do it.

      Seeing him on Tuesday to ask if she can travel

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      Kirsty that is an excellent idea. And airlines can be brilliant if the traveller asks at the time of booking for assistance. Every airport should have a little team of people dedicated to this function.
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    Update: Saw the specialist today who said he was really happy with her, her heart is working within range, that there is some desease in the lower part of the heart but it is not segnificant and there is no reason she should not travel. He went to seethe senior cardiologist who agreed she can travel without any concerns.

    She has now decided the doctors are stupid and do not know their jobs as they did not even listen to her heart, that she is scared to travel and is going for a second opinion and pay privately.

    I give up.

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