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Travelling after heart catheterization
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Travelling after heart catheterization

What are the risks of travelling after a heart catheterization? I am planning a trip that envolves a 13 hour plane trip one way 3 weeks after my Heart Catheterization.  I will then be returning 4 weeks after departure for the same 13 hour plane ride. Are there any special precautions I should take? I am a 50 year old female. The test is for diagnostic reasons.
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There is no special precautions for travelling that far after cath. However with that long of trip you should get up and walk every 2-3 hours to prevent blood clots in your legs. This answer may be different if any intervention is required.
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