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Travel insurance for angina

If you have angina and your doctor hasn't advised against travelling, taking out travel insurance with Holiday Extras is simple.

How do I declare my condition?

Declaring your angina is just a simple matter of completing our pre-existing medical conditions online screening process when booking your travel insurance. You'll be asked a number of questions related to your condition, so we can come up with the most suitable policy for you.

Flying with Angina

According to the "Fitness to Fly" criteria from the British Cardiovascular society, a person who suffers 2-3 attacks per week, experiences pain while at rest or has recently had a change of symptoms and medication is classed as having unstable angina, and is highly advised to delay travel by air.

If you are unsure as to how your condition should be classified, it's always best to seek advice from your doctor before booking.

Can you fly after having a stent fitted?

If you've just undergone angioplasty and have had stents fitted into your arteries then, the period directly after the operation is when you are most at risk of suffering clot formation. Unfortunately air travel only increases this risk, so it is generally advised to wait for a period after the stents have been fitted, before taking any form of air travel.

Heart stent operations are one of the most common treatments for people with coronary heart disease, largely due to the quick recovery time, usually a week is more than enough recovery time, after which most people are fit to fly again.

Travel insurance with heart stents

If you have had stents fitted, then you absolutely need to declare this when taking out travel insurance. If you fail to do this, then you could potentially invalidate you cover.

Tips for travelling with Angina

Plan your journey - Take time to plan your route and journey carefully, allowing yourself enough time, to avoid rushing.

Use smart luggage solutions - Using baggage and suitcases with wheels that can be easily towed along can save you the strain on your body. You can also arrange for special assistance at the airport should you need it.

Places to avoid - Avoid places with high altitude and countries with extreme temperatures as this can place unnecessary strain on your heart.

Medication - Take enough medication to last for your entire trip, and bring an up-to-date list of all the medications you take along with the doses including the generic name and brand name of each medicine. Remember if you need to take your GTN spray and other medications with you into the cabin, you will need to obtain a note from your doctor.

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