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Asthma patients should check with their doctor before going for holiday
Dr KK Aggarwal | 10 Dec 2011

People with COPD, emphysema and other serious lung diseases can safely travel by airplane, but they should be evaluated by their doctor before travel, said Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India.

PEOPLE WITH COPD, emphysema and other serious lung diseases can safely travel by airplane, but they should be evaluated by their doctor before travel, said Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India.

In a study of 500 lung disease patients surveyed after a planned flight, British researchers reported in the European Respiratory Journal that 18 percent travelers suffered some type of respiratory symptom on the plane, most commonly shortness of breath, coughing and chest pain.
 
However, the symptoms were typically moderate, and there were no serious incidents requiring an emergency landing.