Specialist Angina travel insurance from Free Spirit
Why it’s vital to cover your medical conditions
Our angina travel insurance gives you cover for cancellation before you travel and covers you for emergency medical expenses whilst you are away.
Should you need to cancel your holiday due to your angina, Free Spirit can provide cover for your unused travel and accommodation costs that you have already paid for or are contracted to pay. If during your holiday you are unfortunate enough to have a medical emergency, Free Spirit can provide cover for your medical costs including repatriation if medically necessary.
Failing to purchase adequate insurance could leave you open to paying out for expensive medical treatment and hospital accommodation costs which could run into thousands of pounds. Many standard travel insurance policies exclude cover for existing medical conditions or will decline to offer cover. Here at Free Spirit, we can give you the peace of mind protection you need when you travel.
Types of angina
Like all of the body’s organs and tissues, your heart needs a constant supply of oxygen-rich blood to function normally. Blood is supplied to the heart by two large blood vessels that are known as the left and right coronary arteries.
Stable angina – is most commonly caused when the coronary arteries become narrow and hardened. This is called atherosclerosis and it restricts the blood flow to the muscles of the heart. It is essentially a supply and demand problem however, when you are at rest, the muscles of your heart need a relatively small supply of blood, so you will not experience any symptoms. When you exercise or feel stressed, your heart muscles have to work harder and the demand for blood increases.
Unstable angina – One of the underlying causes of atherosclerosis is a build-up of fatty deposits, known as plaques, in the arteries. If the plaques rupture it will interfere with the normal flow of blood and cause a blood clot to form. A blood clot can quickly grow, blocking one of the coronary arteries and significantly reducing the blood supply to the heart.
Symptoms of angina
Angina will start with a feeling of pain or discomfort in your chest. The pain can feel tight, dull or heavy and usually passes within a few minutes. The pain can spread from your chest to your left arm, neck, jaw and back. Some people with angina may also experience symptoms of breathlessness, feeling sick, unusually tired, dizziness, belching and restlessness.
Some or all of the factors below can cause the coronary arteries to narrow and are a high risk for both stable and unstable angina.
- high blood pressure
- a diet that is high in fat and cholesterol
- lack of exercise
- drinking too much alcohol
- type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes
- family history
- high cholesterol
Getting a quote
Need a quote fast! Our fully interactive website includes online medical screening when you purchase online. We will ask you some questions about your angina so that you get the travel insurance cover you need:
- Have you ever had a heart bypass, an angioplasty or a coronary stent?
- Have you ever been a smoker?
- How long ago was your most recent procedure?
- At any time before your most recent heart procedure, did you suffer a heart attack?
- Have you ever had any symptoms of angina since your last procedure?
- Can you always walk 200yds on the flat without becoming short of breath?
- Have you been advised to take medication for high blood pressure?
- Have you been advised to take medication to lower your cholesterol?
We’re here to help
Should you need any help whilst getting a quote or if you have any questions not covered by our frequently asked questions page, please call 0800 170 7704 to speak to our dedicated UK based customer services team. We are open Monday to Friday 8am-6pm, closed Bank Holidays.
Last updated: 15th June 2016.