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Our Travel Insurance is a specialist in providing travel insurance for those suffering with heart conditions including cover for arrhythmia, heart attack and high cholesterol. We can also provide travel insurance after a heart attack or following a specialised heart operation, such as a heart bypass.
Holidays can be an important factor following the diagnosis of a heart condition, allowing yourself time to rest and relax. However, it’s important to get travel insurance for your heart condition that will cover you if you get ill and need treatment while you are abroad. This is also important if you need to cancel your trip because of any issues relating to your heart condition.
If you choose your destination wisely and plan your itinerary with care this should help to minimise any potential risks. Talk to your GP to see if any testing may be advisable prior to your trip to assure that the heart condition is stable. You should address any new symptoms with your doctor before travelling and confirm that you are fit to travel. Pack using lightweight luggage on wheels preferably to avoid any overexertion.
You should prepare your trip well in advance and choose a destination where you are confident in the medical facilities and that have good access to medical treatment. Check that your accommodation and local facilities are suitable for your trip. For example, avoid staying at a hotel situated at the top of a steep hill, miles away from the nearest town.
1. If you’ve had a heart attack it is not advisable to travel to countries that experience extreme temperatures - either hot or cold.
2. High altitudes are best avoided if you have a heart condition. High altitude forces the heart to work harder, where a healthy heart can respond to the demands, if you have a history of heart disease, heart failure or valve disease your heart may struggle with the altitude. If you are in a location 2000m or more above sea level you should expect to find physical activity more difficult
Make sure you have adequate supplies of prescribed medication, including extra in case you lose any. Make sure all heart medication is clearly labelled. Take a list of your heart medications including the dosages.
You should carry a copy of this with you as well as phone numbers for your doctors/family members. It is a good idea to carry contact numbers and web site addresses for pacemaker and ICD manufacturers and local representatives in the country you are visiting as well.
Thrombosis, or the formation of a blood clot in the veins of the leg, pelvis, or arms is a risk when flying with a heart condition. Sitting long hours, dehydration, and the lower oxygen levels in a plane cabin can all increase the likelihood of blood clots. Data has consistently shown that flights greater than eight hours pose the greatest risks.
1. Travellers over 50 years old or those under 50 with one or more risk factors for deep venous thrombosis (such as obesity, large varicose veins, congestive heart failure, pregnancy, recent major surgery, use of hormone replacement therapy, or oral contraceptives) should wear below-the-knee compression stockings (20 Hg-30 Hg) when travelling on a plane for more than eight hours or 3,100 miles.
2. Try and confirm aisle seating if you are at risk for deep venous thrombosis this will allow you to enter and exit your seat, walk around, and stretch your legs without disrupting other passengers.
3. Avoid alcoholic beverages onboard and remain well hydrated.
It is generally not advisable to use spa facilities e.g. saunas, Jacuzzis or steam rooms if you have high blood pressure, angina, have had a heart attack or have any other heart condition.