by Phil Day-
4 February 2021
by Phil Day-
4 February 2021
An essential guide to travelling with High Blood Pressure
By Phil Day, Superintendent Pharmacist – Pharmacy2U
Blood pressure is the measurement of the pressure of the blood pressing against the walls of your arteries, as it travels away from the heart. It’s one of the 4 vital signs which are monitored by medical professionals (including body temperature, pulse rate and respiratory rate) and there can be serious implications if it’s too high (hypertension).
In this article I’m going to explore high blood pressure, how it can be managed and how to be prepared when travelling.
If you have a reading of 140/90mmHg or above, this is considered to be high blood pressure.
However if you’re 80 or older, then it’s considered to be high if it’s over 150/90mmHg.
The symptoms of high blood pressure are rarely noticeable, which means you could be living with it without knowing.
The only way to tell if you have high blood pressure is by having it measured.
When your blood pressure is high, it puts an extra strain in your heart, blood vessels, and other organs in your body. Left untreated, it can lead to potentially life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, heart failure, strokes, kidney disease, aortic aneurysms, and others.
The causes of high blood pressure are not always clear, but there are several factors that increase the risk, including:
High blood pressure can usually be successfully managed, although the recommended treatment may vary from person to person.
Lowering a raised blood pressure reduces risk of developing a more serious health condition later.
By making changes to your lifestyle, it’s possible to reach and maintain a normal blood pressure.
Changes you could make include:
There are also medicines which can be prescribed to help keep your blood pressure under control.
Many people will need to take a combination of different medicines and the medicines you are prescribed may vary depending on age and ethnicity.
If you’re under 55 years old you’ll usually be offered or an angiotensin-2 receptor blocker (ARB), or an ACE inhibitor.
If you’re 55 years old or older or of African or Caribbean origin then you’ll usually be offered a medicine called a calcium channel blocker.
It’s important to take any medicines prescribed exactly as agreed with your doctor.
When you’re taking medicine to treat high blood pressure, you will probably not feel any different – but this doesn’t mean it’s not working or that it’s not important for you to take it every day.
It’s lowering your risk of worsening health in the future.
Having high blood pressure shouldn’t be a barrier for travelling but it is always a good idea to check with your GP before making any travel plans.
If your high blood pressure is well controlled with medication, then flying and travelling should be fine for you to do with the right precautions.
If you have an NHS repeat prescription for high blood pressure, then Pharmacy2U can help. Our UK-based team of pharmacists can help you cut out unnecessary trips to the GP or pharmacist by delivering the medication you need to your door. Our simple service lets you order your prescription from anywhere and registration is quick and simple.
For more information and support about high blood pressure, talk to your GP or pharmacist.
Get a quote today and ensure you declare any pre-existing medical conditions, including High Blood Pressure.
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