Millions of high blood pressure patients travel by air yearly for leisure, business, and even different family functions. Traveling by air can be a fun thing for people without high blood pressure, but for people with high blood pressure, they will have to deal with different issues. Research shows that traveling in high altitudes and pressurized aircraft cabin can lead to an increase in hypoxia for people with hypertension. This is a situation that occurs when the body lacks enough oxygen and this can result in swelling, blood clots, and cause damage to vital organs. However, having blood pressure does not mean you can’t fly planes. When you address some challenges, you will have a safe, comfortable and enjoyable a trip as possible. Read on:
- Talk to Your Doctor Before Your Trip
The first and the most obvious thing you need to do is to talk to your doctor before you take the trip. If you are the type that finds it hard to control your pressure, then talking to your doctors first, is the best thing to do. Your doctor will be able to carry some test out on you and determine if you are in the perfect condition to fly. You may have to discuss a better time to travel if your doctor thinks it’s unsafe to fly.
- Get an up-to-date blood pressure reading before you are flying
There is no research or law that restricts high blood pressure patients from flying, but checking your blood pressure to get accurate reading before flying is a good idea. When you finally bored the flight, don’t stay idle for too long, try to move around the cabin and do some leg exercise to keep you regulated.
- Plan when to take your medication
If you are travelling to a different timezone, make sure you consider the time zone difference. Most medications for high blood pressure should be taken daily and if that’s the case for you, then you need to stick to one dose within a 24-hour period.
- Know the signs of high blood pressure
This is also very important, even if your condition is under control. A rise in your blood pressure can cause symptoms like confusion, dizziness, chest pains, an erratic heartbeat, headaches and blurry vision.
- Be aware of how activities may affect you
If you are going on vacation with your loved ones, then you will probably want to take part in most activities while you’re away, but make sure you stay off any activities that could include sudden changes in pressure. Diving might be a problem but using saunas, steam rooms, and hot tubs shouldn’t be a problem, but make sure you limit your time and have someone with you. The heat that can from these places along can lower your blood pressure, making you feel faint and light-headed, especially if you are on your medication.