On Sunday, 7th of April, the World Health Organisation, celebrates World Health Day. Every year the organisation selects a theme to highlight a priority area of public health, this year the area of concern is high blood pressure.
High blood pressure, also known as raised blood pressure or hypertension, is a key issue as this form of medical condition increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. If uncontrolled, it can also cause blindness, irregularities of the heartbeat and heart failure. High blood pressure is a very common medical problem, with 1 in 3 adults around the world suffering with it. The good news is that through a healthy diet, regular exercise and specific medication, hypertension is preventable and controllable.
The link between this year’s World Health Day theme, high blood pressure, and Travel Insurance is huge. With so many hypertension sufferers it’s essential that awareness is raised that something could easily go wrong whilst on holiday, so having Holiday Insurance is key.
Even when controlled, hypertension sufferers can still have an unexpected need for medical assistance at any time. When on holiday the need for medical assistance, such as visiting a foreign A&E, can be extremely expensive if you don’t have Travel Insurance. Get a Single Trip quote or Annual Cover to make sure that you’re covered.
Travellers in the UK have the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which gives them some limited access to medical assistance when on holiday in Europe. However, this doesn’t cover lots of vital emergency medical care and therefore it’s still important for these travellers to have Travel Insurance, so that if something does go wrong while you’re on holiday then you won’t be landed with a big bill. Buy your single trip Travel Insurance online or get annual cover.
For Manx residents it’s even more important to get good Travel Insurance that is tailored to the Isle of Man. Not only do Islanders not have the EHIC but with many UK policies not providing enough cover to suit Manx requirements, such as repatriation back to the Isle of Man, it’s clear to see that Travel Insurance for Manx residents is really essential.
With Kestrel Travel Insurance you can get the Manxman Holiday Insurance policy, which has been tailored specifically to the needs of Isle of Man residents. Get a Manxman single trip quote or choose Manxman annual cover.
Declaring your high blood pressure, as well as all other pre existing medical conditions, is simple with Kestrel Travel Insurance. During the quote process we will ask you some questions about your medical history to find out whether or not you need to go through the medical screening. If you do require medical screening you will then be asked to type in the name of your pre existing medical condition. Following this, our system will ask you questions related to your pre existing medical condition. Want to know more about why you need to go through Medical Screening? Read our article entitled “What Is Medical Screening And Why Do I Need It?”
You may think that declaring your high blood pressure isn’t important, especially if you have it under control. Some people may reason ‘I’ve never had to go to A&E at home because of my blood pressure so why would I worry about it when on holiday’.
However, high blood pressure can lead to other, often more serious, health conditions that could easily mean that you need emergency assistance, even if it’s out of the blue. For example high blood pressure puts extra strain on your heart, which can cause it to become weakened or damaged, which could, in turn, lead to a heart attack or a stroke. If you didn’t declare high blood pressure and then had a stroke or heart attack while away then you wouldn’t be covered and would therefore face thousands of pounds in medical bills.
If you have high blood pressure, or any other pre existing medical condition, and you don’t declare it to us then you risk not having any cover. This means that if something were to happen while you were away and you needed medical assistance then you would have to foot the bill yourself.
Therefore it is really important that you declare all of your pre existing medical conditions. If you’re unsure then you can always Contact Us for help.
No, you can get quite cheap Travel Insurance to cover your high blood pressure through our website, while still giving you good cover. The price of your holiday cover depends on a number of different factors, including where you’re going, how long you’re going for, what activities you’re planning on doing and your pre existing medical conditions.
For example a sufferer of High Blood Pressure could get a Manxman single trip policy for 7 days in France for as little as £10.62 or an annual Manxman policy for Europe for as little as £31.42.
Here are a few top tips of how reduce the possibility of needing medical help while you’re away: