How can having a stroke affect my ability to travel?
Some strokes can leave people with mobility problems, which makes it hard for people to get around. This may be made harder in another country, where you won’t be sure of accessibility and may be disorientated by different surroundings.
Some organised holidays also have a itinerary of activities, so check this out incase there are any organised activities which may be physically demanding.
It is also important to be aware of how to access health services at your destination, should you require medical attention. Sometimes being abroad means healthcare is not as easily accessible, and you may encounter language barriers.
It is a good idea to check the conditions of your travel insurance to see what is included when travelling after a stroke, and upgrade to be fully covered if not.
In some cases following a TIA, a surgical procedure may be required. This means that you may be at risk from not only the recent TIA but also the surgery risks. Read more about flying after surgery here.
Although all passengers can develop a DVT (deep vein thrombosis), the risks are particularly higher for those who have suffered a stroke, and are more common to develop on long-haul flights of six hours and more. This is because you are more likely to be sedentary, slowing your blood flow, making it more likely to clot. Therefore, is important you consult your doctor before flying, ensuring they have full details of your flight to make a proper assessment. You can read more about DVT and what measures you can take to prevent it.