What to consider when travelling after a heart attack
After suffering a heart attack, many people may wonder whether they can travel safely. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer, it is generally possible to travel after having a heart attack. However, it is important to first consult with a doctor to assess individual risk factors and determine whether any travel restrictions or precautions are necessary.
What are the risks?
In general, individuals who have had a heart attack may be at an increased risk of developing blood clots or experiencing complications related to the heart. As a result, doctors may recommend taking certain precautions when traveling, such as staying hydrated, taking breaks to stretch and move around during long trips, and avoiding strenuous activities.
Additionally, individuals may need to adjust their medication schedules or bring extra medication with them when traveling. It is important to discuss any necessary medication changes with a doctor before leaving on a trip.
Individuals with a history of heart attack may also benefit from carrying important medical information with them when traveling, such as a list of current medications, emergency contact information, and a copy of their medical history. This information can be essential in the event of a medical emergency while traveling.
Travel insurance after a heart attack
It is important to obtain travel insurance for every trip you take and make sure that you have told your insurer about your heart attack, along with any other pre-existing medical conditions you may have.
Even if your usual insurer won’t cover you for your heart attack, there are specialist companies who can provide travel insurance cover for heart attacks.
Further information about travelling abroad after a heart attack.
You may find the following resources helpful in planning safe travel after a heart attack:
1. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has a travel section on their website that provides information on travelling with a heart condition. They also offer advice on travel insurance and vaccinations, as well as a printable travel checklist.
2. The NHS website has a travel health section that provides information on travel vaccinations and advice on staying healthy while travelling. They also offer general advice on travelling with a medical condition.
3. The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) provides travel advice for UK residents, including health advice specific to the country or region you are planning to visit. They also offer advice on travel insurance, emergency contacts, and entry requirements for different countries.
Remember, it's always important to consult with your doctor before travelling after a heart attack to ensure you are fit to travel and to obtain any necessary medication or medical documentation.
Travel insurance cover for heart attacks
Total Travel Protection can provide travel insurance cover for heart attacks and heart conditions of all types, up to a high level of severity.
We do medical screening differently to most travel insurance providers so you might find you get a better price.
You can get a quote in a matter of minutes and get instant cover online. Or, if you prefer to talk, our call agents are available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.