First, call your doctor, who can help you identify any issues to address before you go or provide information to take with you to manage your care while away from home. Your doctor will likely give you the name of a contact at your destination in case you need medical attention while traveling.
Ask your doctor for a copy of the final printout from the programmer that was used at your most recent evaluation. If you are visiting a Spanish-, French- or German-speaking country, your doctor might be able to give you a printout in the language of the country you are visiting. (Printouts in Italian, Japanese and Chinese may be available for some devices.)
Be sure to bookmark the international clinic locator on your smartphone before you leave. Should you need medical assistance while you are away from home, you will be able to search for clinics in Europe, Africa, Canada and the Middle East that offer support for St. Jude Medical pacemakers, defibrillators, and CRT devices. Clinics in additional countries will be added in the future.
Then, with all your plans in place, treat yourself to the rest and relaxation you deserve… and make all the wonderful memories you can.
Patient’s Guide To Traveling With an Implanted Device brochure [PDF]
Last Reviewed: April 25, 2011 V-00304