Submitted by Dr T on November 14, 2012 – 7:36pm
I am also 240 pounds and have a BMI of 39. I also have Lupus which creates sweats and inflammation. I am heading to San Fransisco to the Eat to Live Seminar in hopes that I can learn the right way to eat so that I can improve my outlook so it’s an important trip. I am concerned about the flight as is my cardiologist. I have an aisle seat so I don’t have any problem getting up and walking around and I can wear compression socks but it’s the low oxygen content of the pressurized cabin and my shortness of breath that concerns my cardiologist and I. He thinks the odds I will be fine but there is a tinge of concern. I think I need to go but I want to take the right precautions. Do I need to get a portable oxygen device? Are there tests I can take that can determine how I will react with lower oxygen? What can I do to ensure the best odds on the trip?
There is no reason to be concerned about flying with/without oxygen unless there is objective evidence (rather than a “feeling”) you have untreated coronary blockages, easily evaluated with a stress test, and/or a CTCA.
That said, I don’t believe you need to fly across country to get advice about a proper diet. You can find plenty of information about heart-healthy living, including my website.
I recommend you to cancel your flight and the seminar, read what my site has to offer and spend your money on consultation and especially follow-up with a local nutritionist, as well as starting an exercise program once your heart is cleared!