Dealing with high cholesterol shouldn’t stop you from taking a holiday, but it may mean you have to make some slight changes to your travel habits. ERV Medi-Care want to help you get out there, so here are some suggestions to ensure travelling with high cholesterol doesn’t affect your trip.
The charity Heart UK has stated that over half of the British adult population have high cholesterol. While having high cholesterol does not itself cause any symptoms, it can increase your risk of some more serious health conditions (we don’t mean to scare you but it is something to be aware of).
Cholesterol is a vital fatty substance found in the body, it is made by the liver but it can also be found in some foods. When there is too much cholesterol in the blood, it can build up in the wall of your artery and restrict the blood flow to your heart and the rest of your body. High cholesterol can also lead to higher the risk of a number of serious conditions, including:
High cholesterol also raises your risk of developing coronary heart disease, and can cause the sudden pains in your chest or arm during period of stress of physical activity known as angina.
There are a range of factors which can increase your risk of suffering from the more serious conditions mentioned above. An unhealthy diet, smoking, having diabetes, or having a family history of stroke or heart disease.
However, on a more positive note, many of these factors can be controlled by everyday lifestyle changes. Often these can be overlooked when you are on holiday, so here are a few simple ideas to help you know what things you can do to help keep lowering your cholesterol whilst you’re away:
For many people with the condition it can be hard to find travel insurance and many insurers significantly raise premiums for travellers with high cholesterol. ERV Medi-Care was created to give those with existing medical conditions the ability to get travel insurance that allows you to continue travelling.
Your travel insurer needs to fully understand your medical conditions related to your high cholesterol before providing you with a travel insurance policy. ERV’s Medi-Care offers a thorough online screening process that lets you complete the process at your own pace. Alternatively, you can talk with one of our team who can guide you through completing the screening process over the phone.
Every individual will have their own requirements, here are some examples to give you an indication of the types of questions you could be asked so you can prepare for the screening if you suffer from high cholesterol:
For more tips on the best ways to make your trip a success when travelling with high cholesterol, look at our page or check out the Heart UK, NHS or British Heart Foundation websites for more information on how to lower your high cholesterol.
If you are struggling to find travel insurance, then please feel free to take a look at our insurance products on offer to you, or call us on 01403 788510 and we’ll be happy to discuss your requirements.
Very helpful, good communication kept me up to date on progress. Really good customer service which is just what you need when under pressure of illness. "
ERV Customer - April 2018