Some might think that travelling with high blood pressure won't affect their holiday, but it can. However, with a little careful planning, a traveller with high blood pressure should have no problem enjoying a
holiday without a hitch.
If you are travelling with high blood pressure and your condition is controlled by medication, it can be easy to overlook the fact that you need to declare it as a pre-existing medical condition when you buy travel insurance, but it's important that you remember to do this.
Once you declare that you have high blood pressure, your insurer will take you through a simple medical screening process that will help them understand the severity of your condition and provide a quote for appropriate cover.
If you are at all unsure about whether or not your high blood pressure might affect your holiday, visit your doctor before you book your trip for a quick check up and some advice. Your doctor is the best person to determine your level of health. You should never travel against your doctor's advice.
If you have high blood pressure the severity if your condition or the type of medication you are taking could affect your suitability to fly. Visit the British Heart Foundation website for more information about flying and travelling with high blood pressure.
If you are unsure whether or not you are safe to fly, visit your doctor for advice.
If you have started taking medication for high blood pressure in the last three months, your doctor might advise you not to travel. Visit the Blood pressure monitors. If you are planning on travelling for a prolonged period, you might want to consider taking a blood pressure monitor with you so that you can keep an eye on your condition and keep track of any changes.
Due to a change in pressure, scuba diving could be dangerous to your health if you suffer from high blood pressure. Get checked out by a diving medical specialist before you decide to go diving. Snorkelling is perfectly safe for people with high blood pressure to a depth of three metres.
Any adventurous activities that create sudden changes in pressure or speed (such as paragliding or parachuting) can be dangerous for people with high blood pressure. You should seek advice from a doctor before taking part in any such activities.
In short, if you are unsure how your high blood pressure will effect your ability to travel seek your doctor's advice and declare your high blood pressure when you buy travel insurance