Tips for Travelling with High Blood Pressure

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If you have high blood pressure any form of travel, including flying, is still possible. However, if your blood pressure is very high it is worth checking with your doctor before booking your holiday.

It’s a good idea to make all aspects of travelling as stress-free as possible, especially if you have problems with blood pressure. So, with that in mind, below are some travel tips for a worry-free holiday.

Travel Insurance

Before you go make sure you have adequate travel insurance. You must let the insurance company know about your high blood pressure and list any medication you are taking. If you fail to do this and subsequently need to make a claim, this could be denied.

There are many companies who offer insurance to people with pre-existing medical conditions, so obtaining travel insurance should not be a problem.

It is also worth applying for an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card). This is free and entitles you to discounted or free medical care within EU countries. At the time of writing the card is still valid but this may be affected by Brexit. Please note if you have an EHIC you will still need travel insurance.

Medication

Don’t pack medication in your suitcase put it in your hand luggage. It’s a good idea to take more than you need in case of delays.

If for any reason, you do run out of medication it’s worth noting that drugs can be marketed under different names in other countries. Ramipril, for example, might have the brand names Tritace or Altace in the United States.

It is also worth checking how to ask for a particular drug in the language of your holiday destination. Using our example of ramipril again, this translates to ramprilo in Spanish. Not too hard to remember that one!

At The Airport

Try and make this as stress-free as possible.

Make sure you leave in plenty of time to get to the airport. If you have an early morning flight, consider booking an airport hotel for the night before.

Leave plenty of time to clear security checks, passport control, etc. Queues here can be long and slow moving.

During The Flight

If you are on a long haul flight don’t sit in your seat for the entire duration of the journey. Get up and walk around the plane.

Consider buying a pair of flight socks. These improve circulation and reduce chances of Deep Vein Thrombosis.

Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Avoid alcohol which can make you sleepy and lethargic during the flight.

Don’t be tempted by the snacks provided by airlines as these tend to be salty. Bring your own healthier option for snacking.

On Holiday

Make sure you take your medication, with the change in your normal routine it’s easy to forget.

Bear in mind that some holiday activities could affect your health. Scuba diving, in particular, due to the sudden pressure changes could be dangerous.

Hopefully, especially if you suffer from high blood pressure, you have found these tips useful. Have a relaxing, enjoyable holiday, wherever your travels take you!

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