If you have suffered a stroke, it doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a holiday. Stroke is a brain attack which occurs when the blood supply is cut off to parts of the brain. It is a very serious condition and when you have experienced a stroke but want to enjoy a relaxing break, you need to make sure you are completely covered with a comprehensive travel insurance policy from Direct Travel.
According to the NHS, strokes are a common health problem and affect more than 150,000 people in the UK each year. There are 2 causes of stroke, ischaemic, which accounts for 85% of all strokes, where a blood clot stops the supply of blood and haemorrhagic, when a weakened blood vessel bursts. TIA’s or transient ischaemic attacks (TIA) are a related condition where there’s a temporary interruption in the blood supply to the brain. These are also known as mini-strokes.
By booking your travel insurance with Direct Travel we may be able offer cover to customers who have experienced a stroke as a pre-existing condition, provided it is declared at the medical screening stage of the booking process. Please have to hand information about your condition, any medication you are currently taking and any treatment you have received. Unfortunately, it is harder to arrange travel insurance if you are awaiting a diagnosis or treatment. You should also talk to your Doctor / Consultant before confirming travel plans.
To provide peace of mind for patients, a policy which covers family members, and/or a carer may be suitable depending on your circumstances to ensure that everyone is covered appropriately. If, due to complications relating to your stroke you are unable to travel you may be able to make a claim for cancellation. Our policies also provide a 24-hour medical assistance line, expenses relating to ambulance and hospital costs and repatriation to the UK amongst others.