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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What happens if someone has a heart attack or stroke while on a cruise ship ?

What happens if someone has a heart attack or stroke while on a cruise ship that's supposed to be 5 days out
at sea with no port nearby? What kind of care can one expect? Will the patient most likely die? Has anyone personally had or know of someone who's had this experience? The concern is not for me, but for my mom who suffers from CHF. Aside from liverpie's sick sense of humor, you all have given me good ans. Thnx.
Fri, 11 Dec 2009
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Try to rest assured that all cruise ships are equipped for such emergency's. Try not to worry. The medical staff on board are equipped to handle such situations and as one of your answerer's said, if things are critical, they will call for a helicopter to have them taken to the nearest hospital. I have heard of this happening on board before and that's when I learned how well-equipped cruise ships are for all kinds of illnesses. P.S. Whether your mom has health insurance, means absolutely nothing to the cruise personnel. She would be treated no matter what the health need. Trust me on this one....
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