If you have high blood pressure because you have a pre-existing medical condition you can find it harder to get travel insurance.
Basically blood pressure conditions fall into two camps: where your pressure is high (known as hypertension) and where it is low (hypotension). If your blood pressure reading is over 120 over 80 and less than 140 over 90 then that is within the normal range (to learn more about blood pressure readings click here). If you have high blood pressure you are at greater risk of suffering a cardiac condition such as a stroke or heart attack.
Yes, as with any pre-existing health condition you should notify your insurer if you have hypertension. If you don’t then you could leave yourself liable to significant emergency medical and associated costs should you fall ill abroad as your insurer may decide that by not declaring open and honestly you invalidated your cover.
No. Whilst some insurance policies will exclude as standard hypertension (and hypotension) along with other pre-existing medical conditions, you will be able to secure travel insurance to cover your blood pressure complaint from a specialist like Fish – and offer you a very competitive premium for annual, single trip, Worldwide and European policies. As high blood pressure is more prevalent among older people you might also be pleased to hear we can offer travel insurance for over 65s.
Covers a wide range of pre-existing medical conditions
No age limit*
Single and annual multi-trip cover
24/7 emergency assistance
Covers emergency replacement of prescription medicines
Provides cover for a replacement carer
Protects mobility and disability equipment, providing replacement equipment in the event of a loss
Alternative accommodation cover
Friendly UK-based claims service and specialist medical assistance
As the charity’s name suggests, Blood Pressure UK is a font of knowledge and support for those living with high or low blood pressure conditions, offering clearly written information, lifestyle guides and signposts for support. The NHS also offers typically detailed information and advice for both hypertension and hypotension.
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*Applies to Fish Plus One and Fish Plus Two policies only