Thursday, December 20, 2012

Global Impact: Thorough Pre-Departure Physical Exam Essential for Seniors

American citizen Jim Caves, 68, a passenger aboard Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas, reportedly died earlier this week while he, his wife and other family members were enjoying a cruise while the vessel called at Roseau, Dominica.

COMMENT: According to cruise-line staff, Mr. Caves fell ill while snorkeling with a his family and was rushed to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

As I have urged our readers so many times in the past, I strongly appeal to all foreign travelers over the age of 50 to obtain a thorough physical examination from the medical provider before departure, so as to identify any impending life-threatening health risks. Ideally, such an examination should include blood chemistries, an EKG and a stress test.

For those who believe this advice is unnecessary, I have traveled abroad with work colleagues in the past, two of whom had heart attacks and died while we were traveling together. Tragically, they returned home in the airliner's cargo hold.