Specialist travel insurance for people who’ve had a pulmonary embolism
A pulmonary embolism is a blockage of the pulmonary artery, the blood vessel that links the heart to the lungs. A blockage like this, usually caused by a blood clot, can come with a range of symptoms, including chest pain, shortness of breath, coughing, faintness and dizziness.
It can be a difficult condition to live with, but the condition can usually be managed effectively with anticoagulant medicines and regular blood tests. If you have had a pulmonary embolism, in most cases your doctor will also recommend you stay mobile to maintain good blood circulation and prevent further clots.
While a moderately active holiday can be beneficial if you’ve had a pulmonary embolism, it’s crucial that you purchase the right travel insurance to make sure you’re properly covered.
Here at Free Spirit, we can give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re protected with quality travel insurance that covers your existing medical condition(s) while you’re away.
Why do I need specialist travel insurance for a pulmonary embolism?
Travel insurance is essential for any holiday away from the UK as it ensures you’re not left out of pocket should any mishaps or injuries occur during your trip*. However, if you have an existing medical condition, like a pulmonary embolism, you’ll likely need a specialist form of holiday cover.
While holiday insurance is widely available online, most standard travel insurance policies don’t cover existing medical conditions. So, if your pulmonary embolism were to cause problems while you’re away, you could still be forced to cover the costs of any medical care.
The risk of blood clots is especially high during long periods of inactivity, such as long-haul flights. It’s here that many cases of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) develop, and blockages in the legs can easily break off and travel to the lungs. Therefore, medical travel insurance will give you the peace of mind needed to help you relax and enjoy your trip.
How do I get medical travel insurance to cover a pulmonary embolism?
Free Spirit specialises in providing medical travel insurance that covers existing health conditions, including pulmonary embolism. There’s no age limit, and setting up your cover is straightforward.
Simply call us on 02392 419 080 today (Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm, closed bank holidays) or get a quote online using our convenient and easy to use application process.
Note: in some cases a quotation is not available online and you will be asked to telephone us to see if we can provide cover.
We will start by asking you a few questions about your condition as part of our medical screening process, keeping everything as simple as we can.
Questions you might be asked during the screening process include:
- How many times have you had a thrombosis (clot)?
- Are you still taking anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medication for this condition?
- Do you have a blood disorder which makes your blood more likely to clot?
- Do you have any continuing heart or breathing problems as a result of the pulmonary embolism?
- When did your symptoms start? (e.g. breathlessness or ankle swelling)
Why choose Free Spirit for pulmonary embolism travel insurance?
There are many travel insurance providers out there, but not all policies offer the same peace of mind. Free Spirit specialises in creating tailored holiday insurance for travellers with existing and long-term health issues, including lung conditions like a pulmonary embolism.
There are plenty of reasons to choose us for your next trip, including:
- No upper age limit on single trip and annual multi-trip policies
- A choice of two cover options: Super and Super Duper
- Single trips are covered for up to 94 days (for persons aged 76 years and over the maximum duration is 45 days)
- Annual multi-trip policies provide cover for an unlimited number of trips – and you can travel for up to 31 days per trip (Super) and 45 days (Super Duper)
- Cover for journey disruption or airspace closure cover**
- Cover provided for loss or damage to medical aids and any prescribed medication
- Dedicated 24-hour emergency medical assistance helpline always available to help when you need it most
**Included with Super Duper cover only
Tips for travelling with a pulmonary embolism
A good holiday can help you relax and be active, and both can help ease the stress that comes with having a pulmonary embolism. As someone who has suffered a serious health condition, though, it’s crucial that you’re fully prepared for your trip.
Before the holiday, be sure to let your doctor – either your GP or consultant – know your plans. This will allow them to change your anticoagulation medication if they feel necessary, or to offer you a larger prescription if you’re going away for an extended period of time. It may even be that you need a formal note to legally carry your medication into another country.
Sitting still for any extended period of time can increase the risk of blood clots. It’s important to take precautions before your flight, especially if it’s a long one. Compression socks are a must, and be sure to move around regularly during the journey. You can also perform leg exercises in your seat.
Note: we recommend you check with your treating GP about the wearing of compression socks as in some cases they may not be needed.
More information on preventing pulmonary embolisms during your holiday can be found at the British Lung Foundation’s website.