With the flight rates so down it is really no surprise that more and more people are travelling via air. It’s comfortable, with the advanced technology, it’s safer and now it’s cheaper too. So, quite apparently there are many people with high blood pressure or hypertension are also travelling. Not that it is a huge problem but every case is different. Every human being has a different extent to which they can handle the symptoms of high blood pressure because of altitude. In such a situation if a doctor is not aboard it can be very dangerous.
Issues due to hypertension
It is a well-known fact that at high altitudes the symptoms of hypertension are aggravated. This is because of lack of oxygen in the bloodstream. It is also called hypoxia. The individual will slowly feel oxygen receding from his blood cells as the flight keeps continuing. He/she will feel shortness of breath with blood clots in their lower extremities. These symptoms are especially noted when the flight is of more than 2 hours. Such clots will lead to water retention and will cause internal swelling. Additional consequences may even include kidney damage.
Situations like these will always make you think twice about taking a flight and that is definitely not what anyone wants to think about before planning a vacation. Pulmonary hypertension is a serious disorder and can stay with you for the entirety of your life. How long will you be able to hold your horses on flying? Will you rely on ships or trains when you can save so many hours and just take a flight? Will you just ask your family to go on without you? Obviously not!
There has to be some way in this modern world which allows you enjoy the luxury that’s flying without having to worry about your health. These are tips that can surely make your flying trips a nonchalant thing. Let’s go over them one by one.
Safety issues while travelling with high blood pressure
It is permissible for the flight to get up after every 2 hours. If you tell the hostess about your condition, they’ll surely understand. When you’ll get up from your seat it will reduce the chances of a clot in your lower extremes.
It is very important that you don’t eat something that is very oily before your flight. Eat raw food like salads and avoid fried food at all costs. Salt and oil will increase fluid retention in your blood and that can lead to kidney damage. This is the one condition that should not occur at any cost whilst on the flight.
Flight security allows you to carry an ice pack with you. The ice will help with your swelling that may arise in your lower extremes. When the swelling goes down it means that fluid retention has also gone down.
Avoid substances like sedatives and alcohol
These substances will also help with less fluid retention and swelling. Alcohol is already known to have such effects on normal human beings.
Consult your doctor
They can help with extra oxygen supplements and can even advice if it is advisable or not for you to fly now.
Just imagine if you are welcomed in a new country by an EMT crew? Now that wouldn’t be a nice welcome, would it? It is very important for you to remain hydrated and to eat well. Be sure to pack all necessary supplements and have a nice trip.