The facts about atrial fibrillation and travel insurance
If you have atrial fibrillation, you’ll already know that it’s a long-term heart condition. The irregular rhythm and abnormally fast heartbeat sometimes associated with this condition can make you feel dizzy, short of breath and fatigued. So, in an unfamiliar environment, you could require urgent, specialist medical attention. As a result, you could be facing very high costs for emergency medical treatment. Therefore, it’s important to purchase comprehensive atrial fibrillation travel insurance so you know you’re fully covered.
Put travel insurance cover for atrial fibrillation at the top of your holiday preparation to-do list!
Will you be able to get travel insurance with atrial fibrillation?
Standard travel insurance policies don’t offer cover for pre-existing medical conditions. Therefore, you will need to make sure you purchase specialist travel insurance. It’s important that you don’t take the risk and travel abroad without travel insurance cover for atrial fibrillation.
The key benefits you can get
- Medical expenses covered up to £15,000,000.
- Cancellation and Curtailment covered up to £5,000.
- Personal Belongings covered up to £3,000.
- All ages. All medical conditions. All destinations.
Why choose AllClear for your atrial fibrillation travel insurance?
- Easy, online quotes with no need to call.
- Time-saving quote comparisons from a variety of insurance providers.
- No upper age limit on our AllClear policies.
- Both single and annual policies available.
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Our quote process is simple and straightforward. It should take you no more than a few minutes to get a range of quotes for atrial fibrillation travel insurance. Everything’s online but you can speak to us on Live Chat or give us a call if you need to.
Firstly, you’ll need to give us some key personal information and details of your intended trip. Then, you’ll fill out the online medical screening questions. Some of the things we’ll ask include:
- Have you had permanent or paroxysmal atrial fibrillation?
- How has your atrial fibrillation has been treated to date, e.g. have you had ablation surgery or have a pacemaker?
- How many unplanned hospital visits have you had in the last 12 months?
- Details of your symptoms and medications.
- Have you ever had a heart attack?
You will also need to declare any other medical conditions for you or any of the other travellers you want to be covered on the policy.
Do you live with another heart condition? If so you could read our other useful guide on heart disease travel insurance.
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Atrial fibrillation travel tips
Atrial fibrillation is a long-term condition and you are probably already aware of most of the things you need to consider when travelling. You may however, be feeling nervous about taking a trip abroad, or unsure of what you think to think about while planning your trip. Read on for Big Tick’s tips on travelling with atrial fibrillation…
As long as your condition is stable and well-managed, there should be nothing stopping you from enjoying a well-deserved break. However, there are a number of things to bear in mind to help you have a relaxing holiday.
It’s important that you don’t make plans to travel without the backing of your doctor. Speaking to them first should reassure you and help you arrange a safe and happy holiday.
- Discuss your holiday plans with your doctor or heart specialist before booking.
- Medical advice suggests not travelling to areas where you’ll experience extreme temperatures and high altitudes.
- Pack more medication than you need, in case of delays and unforeseen circumstances.
- Take your travel insurance documentation in your hand luggage for easy access to the details of your policy.
On the journey
Travelling to and from your destination is the most stressful bit of any holiday, whether or not you have a pre-existing medical condition. Plan ahead with our atrial fibrillation travel tips for the journey:
- Dehydration can trigger atrial fibrillation symptoms. Stay hydrated by regularly drinking water or other non-alcoholic liquids, especially in warmer climates.
- You’re at higher risk of developing blood clots. Wear compression stockings on the flight, if advised by your doctor. Also be sure to stretch your legs during long journeys by walking around at regular intervals.
- If you are travelling through different time zones, make sure you know when you need to take your medicines.
- If you have an implant of pacemaker fitted, bear in mind that they can be affected by airport security machines. Tell airport staff in advance of passing through security and show them your device’s identification card.
While you’re there
Holidays are all about relaxing and trying new things. Talk to your doctor about any particular activities you plan to do in advance, and bear in mind that you might have to adjust your behaviour to keep yourself healthy while you’re abroad.
- Changes to your diet can trigger symptoms, so sample new foods in moderation and try to stick to your usual diet and routine.
- Keep active by making time for gentle physical activity each day. Don’t overexert yourself.
- Keep a careful track of any changes to your usual symptoms. Be aware of chest pain and heart rhythms that feel different or go on longer than usual. Also note any symptoms of stroke, such as confusion or weakness.
- Although it’s nice to be pampered, remember that it’s not advisable to use spa facilities such as saunas, and jacuzzis or steam rooms.
- Make sure you get enough sleep, because being overtired can be another trigger for your symptoms.
We hope you’ve found our travelling with atrial fibrillation information useful!
Mayo Clinic: Planning to travel with atrial fibrillation?
NHS: Atrial fibrillation
British Heart Foundation: Atrial fibrillation (AF) – Causes, Diagnosis, Symptoms & Treatments