Travel insurance for heart conditions
Here at AllClear, we offer travel insurance for heart-related conditions including arrhythmia, heart attack, and high cholesterol. We can also provide travel insurance for someone after a heart attack or for those who have undergone surgery, such as a heart bypass.
For those with a heart condition, taking a trip overseas can be important, giving you time to recuperate and relax.
If you’re travelling with a heart condition, finding travel insurance is not always easy. However, it’s important to acquire specialist cover for your heart condition to ensure you’re covered should you fall ill while on holiday.
Obtaining specialist travel insurance can also protect you if you need to cancel your trip because of your heart condition.
Tips for travelling with a heart condition
Deciding on your trip destination
If you have had a heart attack in the past, choosing your destination is an important part of planning your holiday. It is not generally advisable to visit countries with extremely high temperatures so check with your doctor before booking if you plan to visit a hot country.
High altitudes should be avoided if you have a heart condition as high levels of altitude can require the heart to work harder. If you have a history of heart disease, heart failure or valve disease, your heart may struggle to cope.
Speak to a medical professional
Talk to your doctor to see whether they advise any testing before your trip to assure your heart condition is stable. It’s beneficial to address any new symptoms with your doctor and confirm you’re fit to travel.
When travelling, carry a copy of your medical history with you as well as contact details of your doctor and family members.
Your doctor will be able to advise you on how to adjust your medication dosage intake when travelling across different time zones if you are unsure.
Medicines and taking them out of the country
Planning your heart medication is important if you’re taking a trip abroad. Ensure you have an adequate supply of prescribed medication and all your medication is clearly labelled.
Take a list of all of your heart medications and their doses to cover you if you lose any of them or run out.
Flying with a heart condition
Some airlines require a letter from a doctor confirming your condition is stable and you’re fit to fly. You should check this with your airline before travelling.
Thrombosis or the formation of a blood clot in the veins of your leg, pelvis or arms can be a risk when flying. Sitting for long hours, lack of fluids and the lower oxygen levels in a plane cabin can all increase the chances of blood clots. The longer your flight, the greater the risk of experiencing such complications. Practice some gentle leg exercises which you can do while seated to keep your blood circulation moving, this will help reduce your risk of DVT.
Travellers with one or more risk factors for deep venous thrombosis should put on below-the-knee compression stockings (20Hg-30Hg) when travelling on a plane for more than 8 hours or 3,100 miles.
If you think you could be at risk for deep vein thrombosis, then it may be a good idea to book into an aisle seat which will allow you easier access, so you can walk around and stretch without disrupting those around you on the aircraft.
Keep well hydrated when flying and try to avoid alcoholic beverages.
It’s generally not advisable to use saunas, Jacuzzis, or steam rooms if you have high blood pressure, angina, have had a heart attack or any other heart condition. Always check with your doctor before using any facilities you’re unsure of.