Hypertension/High Blood Pressure

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Travel insurance for high blood pressure. According to the NHS, almost 30% of the UK population over 16 suffer from Hypertension, or High Blood Pressure. It’s also estimated to cost the NHS around £2 billion per year to deal with!


Travel Insurance for people suffering with High Blood Pressure.

ERGO Medi-Care was created to be able to give those with existing medical conditions the ability to get travel insurance that allows you to continue travelling. We want to help you ‘Get Out There’ and we don’t believe that your medical conditions should be a barrier to that!


Medical Screening for Travel Insurance and High Blood Pressure

It is essential that your insurer fully understands any medical conditions you may have when providing your policy. This is why ERGO offer a thorough medical screening process that is available to complete either online or via telephone, allowing you to complete the process at your own pace or speak to one of our team who can help you complete the process.

Every individual will have their own requirements, but the following questions give you an example of the types of questions you could be asked so you can prepare for the screening process.

  • How many medicines does your doctor advise you to take for high blood pressure?
  • Has your dose been increased or have you been prescribed a new tablet in the last six months?
  • Have you ever been a smoker?
  • Has a blood test ever at any time shown your cholesterol level to be raised?
  • Have you been advised to take a medication to lower your cholesterol level?


Travelling with High Blood Pressure

You probably know enough about your condition not to need to be told how to manage it on a daily basis. But from time to time we come across some great tips for other High Blood Pressure suffers who do a lot of travelling, so we thought we’d share them with you and you might learn a few new tricks!

Below are some great tips that might help you get prepared for your holiday and avoid unwanted and unplanned situations.

Travel Planning

One thing that can have an effect on your blood pressure, that many people fail to consider, is the altitude of your destination!High altitudes makes your heart work harder and can have an effect on hypertension sufferers, so it may be worth considering this when looking at potential destinations for your trip. Equally, the pressure of deep water can have an adverse effect so don’t put deep sea diving on your itinerary!

It’s also a good idea to think about the flight. Ask your GP about your current health before you fly and consider using flight socks to avoid the possibility of DVT on the flight. Whilst on the plane, try to do some simple stretching and exercises or get up and walk about if possible.

Diet & Exercise

Just as you would when you’re at home, you should think about how your diet could effect your condition. Try to avoid alcohol, salty foods and caffeine if you can – or at least in moderation.Loss of fluid can also increase blood pressure, so you should avoid dehydration by drinking as much water as you can.

You should also try to avoid spa’s, jacuzzi’s, sauna’s and steam rooms if you can.

Activities & Facilities

You want to make the most of your holiday, and there’ll probably be lots that you’ll want to do, but remember to take things easy and don’t over exert yourself on any excursions or activities.When it comes to facilities, make sure that the hotel has suitable lifts so you don’t have to climb too many stairs, or maybe even try to get a room on a lower floor. You should also research the local area to see how hard it might be to walk around. If it’s very hilly or there are lots of steps to the beach for example, these will put additional strain on you and could lead to your blood pressure rising.


If you have medication for your condition, you should always check to make sure that you have enough (and some extra) before you leave. Speak to you GP about your current health and tell them about your trip. They might suggest changing your dose or give you help with changing your medication schedule if you’re going to be travelling across time zones.If you do need to get more medication whilst away, spend a little time finding out what the medication is called in that country as it may be different. You should also check to see how far away from your accommodation the nearest pharmacy is.

You should also check that you medication is allowed in the country you are visiting, as some countries have much stricter rules on the drugs allowed into their country.


Related Conditions

This information could also be of use to you if you suffer from the following pre-existing medical conditions:

Hypertension, White Coat Syndrome, Hypertensive Crises (Hypertensive Urgency or Hypertensive Emergency) and any other Hypertensive Heart Disease


Other Useful High Blood Pressure Information

The British Hypertension Society – bhsoc.org
Blood Pressure UK – bloodpressureuk.org
NHS – NHS Choices High Blood Pressure page

Over 5 million people in England are unaware they have high blood pressure, yet it affects more than 1 in 4 adults

Who is most at risk?

Your chances of having high blood pressure increase as you get older. There isn’t always a clear cause of high blood pressure but you are at increased risk if you:

  • are aged over 65
  • are overweight
  • have a relative with high blood pressure
  • are of African or Caribbean descent
  • eat too much salt
  • don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables
  • don’t do enough exercise
  • drink too much alcohol
  • drink too much coffee (or other caffeine-based drinks)
  • smoke


Medi-Care Disclaimer

This content provides general information for travellers who may have a pre-existing medical condition. All pre-existing medical conditions will need to be declared when applying for travel insurance and are taken into account on an individual basis when quoting for your policy. You can find more information on our pre-existing medical travel insurance pages or by calling our team on 01403 788510.

Pre-Existing Medical Condition: Any past, current or reoccurring medical condition which has been diagnosed, investigated or treated at any time prior to travel, even if this condition is considered to be stable and under control.


Andy Chapman

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