Firstly what exactly is a coronary angioplasty?
A coronary angioplasty is a medical procedure that improves blood flow to the heart and treats coronary heart disease. During a coronary angioplasty, a balloon is inserted into the affected coronary arteries and inflated, thereby opening up narrowed arteries to improve blood flow to the heart.
A coronary angioplasty is not a cure for coronary heart disease – instead it improves blood flow to areas of the heart that are affected by narrow or clogged arteries. The deposition of plaque can occur in other arteries of the heart or around the angioplasty site, thus vigilance in maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important.
What causes coronary heart disease and makes an angioplasty necessary?
Coronary heart disease occurs when the arteries that supply oxygen and nutrition to heart muscle become clogged with fatty deposits known as “plaque”. It is the usual underlying cause of heart attacks.
The process of fatty deposits accumulating in coronary arteries is called atherosclerosis. This can occur from a young age and may be well established by midlife.
Many people don’t know they have coronary heart disease until they have chest pain or a heart attack.
There are several risk factors that increase your chances of suffering from coronary heart disease.
These include high cholesterol, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, inactivity, being overweight, an unhealthy diet and depression.
Coronary angioplasty and travel insurance…
Having a coronary angioplasty should not stop Australians from having a great holiday, particularly as insure4less specialises in providing affordable travel insurance for travellers with pre-existing medical conditions.
For your own peace of mind, you can relax knowing that you have the protection of one of the world’s largest insurers and medical emergency teams to support you whilst overseas if you suddenly suffer from a coronary angioplasty related illness. These include heart attacks and strokes. We ask you to declare your coronary angioplasty surgery when completing your online application for travel insurance following which we will tell you if you have any additional premium to pay. Then, when you receive your policy via email it will confirm in writing exactly pre-existing medical conditions are covered. You can then simply enjoy your travels and relax.
Here’s just a few coronary angioplasty travel tips….
When flying, ensure you carry your coronary angioplasty medicines with you in your hand luggage – make sure you pack extra in case of delays. Make sure prescription medicines are clearly labelled with your name and the correct dosage.
Select healthy options when eating out where possible and drink plenty of water. Drink plenty of water on your flight as well.
Pack some fibre supplements containing psyllium to add to a beverage once a day.
Don’t forget to exercise on the plane if you are flying and do plenty of walking after you’ve arrived at your destination.
Advise any tour operators of your medical condition before undertaking holiday activities.
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