Taking medicines on holiday

It’s very important that you remember to take all your medicines with you on holiday and that you take enough for the duration of your stay plus 2 days in case of flight delays/cancellations. It’s a good idea to bring an up-to-date list of all your medicines in case you lose them. Keep the list separate from your medicines and make sure that it contains both the generic (scientific) name and brand name of each medicine, as the brand name may vary between countries.

Take your medication in your hand luggage in case your luggage is lost or delayed. If you are worried this might be problematic, check with the airline before you fly to find out their policy. Whilst on holiday you may well be out of your normal daily routine so it’s possible that you may miss a dose of your medicine. You shouldn’t worry unduly about this but try to get back onto your treatment regimen as soon as possible. DON’T take a double dose of any medicine to make up for a missed dose as this could potentially be more harmful than missing a dose. When travelling over several time zones, you should take your medicines after arrival at the local time.

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ESC Guidelines for Heart Failure

What patients need to know

This guide for patients from the European Society of Cardiology aims to provide an overview of the latest evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure.

In particular, it should help patients to understand the:

  • main types of heart failure
  • medicines used to treat heart failure
  • devices that may be appropriate
  • importance of rehabilitation
  • management by a multidisciplinary team
  • importance of self-care in managing your own condition

Learn more


A series of 9 simple, captivating animations explaining heart failure and its treatment.

These narrated animations explain how a healthy heart works, what happens to it in heart failure and how various treatments work to improve your health.


In this section you can watch, listen or read interviews with other people with heart failure and their caregivers.


and share your own views and experiences with other patients, families and caregivers.

heartfailurematters.org is a European Society of Cardiology website

The heartfailurematters.org website was developed under the direction of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The ESC is a world leader in the discovery and dissemination of best practices in cardiovascular medicine. Our members and decision-makers are healthcare professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to represent professionals in the field of cardiology in Europe and beyond.

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