For those of you who have recently undergone an angioplasty you may well be fearful of flying abroad for some rest and recuperation.
Our first advice here at Direct Travel Insurance is not to step on a plane unless you have consulted with a doctor. Everyone is different. But the most important point is to ensure you have the correct medical insurance cover in place should you fall ill whilst away.
An angioplasty is a treatment to widen or unblock an artery that feeds the heart (a coronary artery). The procedure involves a sausage-shaped balloon fed into the artery where it is inflated for 20-30 seconds to squash fatty material to walls of the vessel in the affected area.
Some patients are released from hospital the same day, others are kept in overnight or longer, depending on their condition. While the DVLA recommends not driving for a week for people who have undergone the procedure, NHS websites advise that they may travel by plane two days after a straightforward procedure.
If you have undergone an angioplasty as a result of a heart attack the interval of time you can fly will be drastically different, so make sure you check with the medics who are looking after you. If your heart condition is stable medics are more likely to say that you are able to fly, so always ask them.
Direct Travel Insurance offers cover for pre-existing medical conditions. If you have any heart-related conditions or any other existing illnesses please make sure you let our team know about it.
It is worth writing a list of any ailments before your pick up the phone so that you don’t miss something in error.