High blood pressure is a very common condition, in fact 1 in 4 adults in England have high blood pressure*. Although high blood pressure is a serious illness which if left untreated increases your risk of heart attack, heart failure, kidney disease, stroke or dementia, it’s also true that it can be a manageable condition with few symptoms. This means that, providing you are fit to travel and have comprehensive travel insurance to cover your conditions, then there should be nothing to stop you from travelling.
As the specialist medical travel insurance provider for people with pre-existing medical conditions we help many people with high blood pressure to travel each year.
What to bear in mind before travelling with high blood pressure
Whether you’re going by plane, train or automobile, it’s important that your high blood pressure is managed and under control. If your blood pressure is very high or unstable you should consult a doctor before travelling. Even if your blood pressure is under control it’s important to have a blood pressure check before you travel so you are fully prepared
If you’re taking medication for your high blood pressure you may need to visit your doctor to ensure you have enough medication to last the holiday and also extra in case you misplace any tablets. For more information visit Blood Pressure UK’s travel issues page
Travel insurance for people with high blood pressure
At AllClear we regularly come across the misconception that high blood pressure is not an illness that needs to be declared. This is often because people who are taking medication for high blood pressure view it as a ‘managed’ condition and if they do not ‘suffer’ at home then why would they suffer abroad?
Unfortunately, travelling invariably means a disruption to routine and possibly a change in time zone, so tablets may be delayed or missed altogether. Heat, physical exertion, change in diet or a tummy upset can all change the amount of the drug absorbed and distributed within the body so what might be a stable medical condition at home could potentially be a problem abroad that results in the need for medical attention.
For more tips on travelling with high blood pressure view our high blood pressure travel page
*Figures from the NHS blood pressure page
AllClear always recommends you contact your GP or medical practitioner for any personal medical advice.