HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SYMPTOMS CAUSES DIET & TREATMENT

Dr.Armughan Riaz
M.B.B.S, Dip Card
Consultant Cardiologist

 

How to Manage High Blood Pressure While Flying

How to Manage High Blood Pressure While Flying, Flying does not have any effect on the medication of high blood pressure. It is safe to fly for hypertension sufferers because airplane cabins are pressurized so the flyers do not experience any discomfort.

How to Manage High Blood Pressure While Flying

 There are many misconceptions regarding flying in the minds of people suffering from high blood pressure. It is usually thought that flying is dangerous situation for hypertensive patients as it puts additional pressure on their hearts. In truth, if you are hypertensive and are on medication which keeps your blood pressure under control, then your health is as safe as when you are on ground. Flying does not have any effect on the medication of high blood pressure. It is safe to fly for hypertension sufferers because airplane cabins are pressurized so the flyers do not experience any discomfort.

The worrying possibility is that a patient with high blood pressure could experience a sudden medical problem while flying. However, this is a probability even for people who are not high blood pressure patients. So, this reason alone is not enough to make you avoid flying.

If your blood pressure levels are not of normal range, then the circumstances needs to be assessed. It is best to consult a doctor who will give you advice keeping your condition in mind. Contrary to what people believe, flying itself will not increase your blood pressure but the process of travelling procedures can lead to stress, which in turn can result in increasing your blood pressure. People with normal blood pressure also end up stressed when they face situations like delayed flights, long security lines, irritating passengers during the flight, miss connecting flights or an expensive in-flight service.

 

drink lots of fluids during the flight

If you do have an uncontrolled blood pressure and you have to fly, then make sure that you drink lots of fluids during the flight. It will help in keeping you cool! If you get airsickness, then take the anti-nausea pills suggested by your doctor. This medication will rest your fears of becoming sick during the flight and help you in relaxing. You may even be able to take a nap. If this does not happen, then you can always lighten up by watching the in-flight entertainment programs. Listen to music if it is available. This will help you forget about the tensions if flying.

Blood pressure medication should be taken before the flight. Fill your prescription prior to the travelling day so that you do not run out of medication during your trip. Carry them with yourself or place them in your handbag as you might need them in an emergency.

Do not eat foods on flight if they are high in sodium. It is better to take some snacks with you. Make a meal before you fly and eat it during your journey. This is a much healthier and cheaper option than eating meals offered by the airlines.

Hence, if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, this does not mean that you can not travel in planes. The ideal situation is that you bring your blood pressure with limits and keep it that way by exercising and eating proper diet. If these do not work, ask the doctor to give you medicines. If you have to travel, you can do so by taking some simple precautions.

 



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