Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Italy: British Tourist, 64, Succumbs from Heart Attack While Hiking Volcano

An unidentified British tourist, 64, who was hiking up a 1,281 meter (4,202 feet) volcano near Naples with a group of friends and relatives when he reportedly suffered a heart attack. Unfortunately, by the time first responders reached the man, he had already expired.

COMMENT: I continue to urge seniors to obtain a thorough physical examination from their health care provider BEFORE traveling abroad, including a cardiovascular evaluation, yet, as my blog postings attest far too often, elder travelers continue to undertake strenuous activities unaware of their health risks, and often die far from home.

Having been with colleagues who have suddenly died while I was working abroad with them, handling the death of a foreign traveler abroad is no picnic. Moreover, the quality of autopsies and the care afforded the decedent are not always what one would find at home.

Mount Vesuvius National Park, where the volcano is situated, is best known for its eruption of AD79, which destroyed the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The volcano last erupted in 1944.