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Travel insurance for high blood pressure

At Holiday Extras, we offer travel insurance policies for the majority of pre-existing medical conditions, including high blood pressure.

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Can you fly with high blood pressure?

In most cases, air travel does not present any immediate, life-threatening risks to the passenger travelling with high-blood pressure. With that being said, stress and other conditions surrounding flying can often have a detrimental effect on blood pressure, so it's wise to seek advice from your doctor before the journey if your blood pressure is particularly unstable.

For most travellers with high-blood pressure, following these simple steps can ensure that you don't experience any issues related to your condition during the journey.

  • Stay away from salty snacks - it's a well known fact that consuming too much salt can cause water retention, and lead to raised blood pressure. Very often the snacks and meals served on planes are loaded with salt content, which is not ideal for passengers with high-blood pressure. If possible, try to take your own less salty snacks while on board.
  • Keep off the caffeine - caffeine has the proven capacity to raise blood pressure, taking effect as quickly as up to 20 minutes after having taken it into your system.
  • Limit alcohol consumption - alcohol stimulates the production of adenosine which is the chemical in your brain that causes you to feel tired. As such, your more likely to stay in one position and not move around when you're under the influence of alcohol, which can increase the risk of things like DVT and blood clots.
  • Keep moving - As a traveller suffering from high blood pressure, you are more at risk of developing blood clots. Get up and move around the cabin every hour or so, when it is safe and convenient to do so. By periodically moving your body throughout the journey, you greatly reduce the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis and other conditions related to blood clots.

Top tips for travelling with high blood pressure

  • Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your holiday and ask for a note confirming your condition and treatment, including doses.
  • Activities that involve high-altitude or deep water can affect your blood pressure, so make sure you speak to a doctor before deciding if you want to take part.
  • Avoid eating anything salty on the flight as this can increase your blood pressure. Try and get up and walk around whenever you can and sit comfortably with your legs uncrossed when you can't.
  • Be careful with food and water, including ice cubes, as these can cause stomach problems that may dehydrate you and increase your blood pressure. Alcohol can have the same effect.

Holiday Extras Cover Ltd and Holiday Extras Ltd are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Holiday Extras Cover Ltd 05058680 and Holiday Extras Ltd 01693250 are registered in England and Wales. Registered address: Ashford Road, Newingreen, Kent CT21 4JF.

Holiday Extras is underwritten by Travel Insurance Facilities plc which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered address: 2nd Floor, 1 Tower View, Kings Hill, West Malling, Kent, ME19 4UY. Company number 03220410.