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If I was born with a congenital heart disease are there any precautions I should take before going on long flights?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
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In brief: DVT precautions

If your heart disease causes a problem with circulation in your legs, then you might want to consider wearing compression stockings to help prevent getting a deep vein thrombosis or a blood clot in your legs that can break off and cause real problems.
This is definitely something to chat with your doctor about.

In brief: DVT precautions

If your heart disease causes a problem with circulation in your legs, then you might want to consider wearing compression stockings to help prevent getting a deep vein thrombosis or a blood clot in your legs that can break off and cause real problems.
This is definitely something to chat with your doctor about.
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Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Depends on type

If you have a "cyanotic" congenital heart disease, you may need to wear oxygen during the flight.
If your room air oxygen saturation (your doctor can check this) is <95%, you may need oxygen, and if <92%, you probably will.(managing passengers with respiratory disease planning air travel: bts recommendations. British thoracic society standards of care committee, thorax. 2002:57(4):289.).

In brief: Depends on type

If you have a "cyanotic" congenital heart disease, you may need to wear oxygen during the flight.
If your room air oxygen saturation (your doctor can check this) is <95%, you may need oxygen, and if <92%, you probably will.(managing passengers with respiratory disease planning air travel: bts recommendations. British thoracic society standards of care committee, thorax. 2002:57(4):289.).
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