Are you a stroke survivor? Find out more about flying after a stroke and where to find Stroke Travel Insurance that you can trust.
A stroke can impact many aspects of your life. This includes when you’re able to holiday abroad again – especially by plane. But we believe that everyone has the right to travel, so we’re here to share some tips and tricks so you can continue to go abroad after your stroke.
The NHS and the Stroke Association advise stroke survivors to not fly for two weeks.In some cases, you may have to avoid flying for three months.In the case of a ‘mini-stroke’ or Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA), you may be able to fly after 10 days as long as you have made a full recovery.
When you have been given the go-ahead for flying, you will still want to minimise the risk of any unexpected issues.
Here are three steps to take before you fly:
It’s important to notify the airline if you have special requirements. If your stroke has left you with reduced mobility, eyesight or speech, you may need assistance at the airport and on the plane. Tell your airline in advance. They’ll be able to arrange any equipment needed, such as a wheelchair, and they’ll be more understanding during any communication.You may also be asked by the airline to complete a Medical Information Form (MEDIF) before you fly.
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) say that a UK holidaymaker needs emergency medical treatment abroad every 3 minutes!Yet when you’ve had a stroke, standard policies – like those that come packaged with some bank accounts – might exclude cover for pre-existing medical conditions.To avoid unexpected medical bills while on holiday, take out specialist stroke Travel Insurance.
Be sure you have enough of your prescribed medicines before you head on holiday. Plus, make sure your medicines are in your hand luggage – not your hold baggage! It’s often worth taking a little extra too, in case of delays travelling home.
The main risk of flying after a stroke is developing blood clots, particularly Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).This can cause a Pulmonary Embolism (PE), which is when a clot breaks free and travels to the lungs.Blood clots can occur when the blood flow is slowed or stopped. Therefore, sitting still for long periods of time during your flight can increase your risk.
When you get the ok to fly, consider these steps to minimise your risk of having blood clots…
As a specialist Medical Travel Insurance provider, AllClear has helped cover stroke survivors since 2000. Our award-winning customer service will help you have peace of mind on every trip you take.
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Written by: Lydia Crispin | Travel Insurance ExpertLast Updated: 26 October 2023
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