heart failure and flying
Last reviewed 01/2018
|Acute heart failure||You have been in hospital or treated at home because of 'water in the lungs' which made you very breathless||Fly after 6 weeks if stabilised (see chronic heart failure)|
|Condition||Functional status||Lay explanation||Restriction/guidance|
|Chronic heart failure||
|You get breathless on mild to moderate exercise but no recent (within 6 weeks) change of symptoms or medication||No restriction|
|You get breathless on walking 20-100 yards/metres at your own pace but no recent (within 6 weeks) change of symptoms or medication||May require in flight oxygen|
|You are breathless at rest and mainly bedbound||Advised not to fly without in flight oxygen and medical assistanc|
Note that these are only guidelines and each airline has its own regulations and medical standards.
- British Heart Foundation (September 2010). Factfile - Fitness to fly for passengers with cardiovascular disease.