Travelling with Angina

Posted on September 25, 2014 by Guest Writer
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Alas the summer is officially over, but like many of us, there’s a good chance you’re planning your next holiday or even a winter sun break to soak up a bit of sunshine.

But if you are one of the thousands of UK residents who have been diagnosed with angina, this shouldn’t put a stop to your travel plans. It just means a little careful planning beforehand might be necessary to ensure you have a great trip away.

In the UK angina is a common condition, with 20,000 people developing it for the first time each year. In fact, it affects some two million people over the age of 35 in the UK, so you’re far from alone. The good news is that the majority of those with angina are able to continue living life to the full, and that includes indulging in the occasional overseas holiday.

Doctor’s orders

As with any medical condition, it’s important to visit your doctor or GP before booking any holiday, so you know that you are safe to travel with angina. After all, they have your best interests at heart and will know whether you are fit enough to travel. It’s also a good opportunity to raise any health concerns with them about your choice of destination, length of holiday and what kind of activities you plan to do.

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Travel insurance for angina

It’s always a good idea to buy travel insurance, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition like angina. Just knowing that you are covered in the event of a medical emergency will give you peace of mind, allowing you to enjoy a worry-free and relaxing holiday.

But an important thing to remember is that when buying travel insurance with us, you have to declare your angina and any other pre-existing medical conditions, even if you take medicine to control them. This enables us to provide you with the correct policy, as failing to mention your conditions could invalidate your insurance, and that’s the last thing anybody wants.

Fortunately, declaring your angina and getting a quote only takes a few minutes and is a simple process. You can either complete our online medical screening process, or call one of our friendly travel insurance specialists on 0800 033 4902.

Travel tips for angina

If your doctor is happy for you to travel and you’ve bought travel insurance too, here are a few more travel tips to help you travel safely.

  • If you’re travelling abroad, make sure you have enough medication for the duration of your holiday. Remember to keep important medication in your hand luggage, just in case your hold luggage is delayed or goes missing.
  • It’s also a good idea to bring extra medication with you just in case you are delayed or lose any. Make a list of your medications and dosages, in the unlikely event of an unforeseen, emergency situation in which you need to replace them or a doctor needs to know what you are taking.
  • Allow plenty of time for your journey and avoid carrying heavy luggage.
  • Try to avoid spa treatments including saunas, steam rooms and hot tubs. Sudden changes of temperatures can agitate angina, so avoid actions such as jumping into cold water after a sauna.
  • Extreme climates can also affect those with angina, so try to stay away from very cold climates. However, if the destination is cold, make sure you wrap up warm and don’t over exert yourself.
  • On the other hand, excessive heat can put more pressure on your heart too. So if you travel to warmer climates, make sure you drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
  • In addition, high mountains and diving should be avoided as they put more pressure on the heart by making it work harder.
  • Give yourself plenty of time to pack so that you are not stressed out with last minute arrangements and errands.
  • The National Health Service (NHS) advises all travellers to cover their holidays adequately, using their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with a travel insurance policy.
  • Finally, although you may be tempted, try not to over indulge while eating and drinking.

Travel Insurance for Angina

Do you have angina and are thinking of taking a holiday? Talk to our travel insurance team on 0800 033 4902 or apply online for a quote.

All travel insurance provided by Staysure is subject to agreement from our underwriter. Terms and conditions apply, details of which can be found within the Policy Document.

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