Hypotension and travelling

For many persons suffering from low blood pressure (arterial hypotension), holiday countries, which have a hot and sultry climate, are out of the question as travelling destinations as circulatory troubles increase distinctly in heat.

Indeed, for very heat-sensitive persons it is more tolerable to stay in a moderate climate. Nonetheless, persons suffering from hypotension need not give up sunbathing and palm-lined beaches are no taboo either, if they observe some precautionary measures. With some simple tricks, the circulation can be kept going at the seaside and on the beach.

In case of long-distance holidays in winter, many tourists pack too warm clothing. Airy and loose clothing prevents heat from accumulating underneath, resulting in a widening of the blood vessels causing the blood pressure to drop.

If drugs help you in phases of low blood pressure, do not forget to pack them into your first-aid kit.


At the beach

Roasting in the sun for hours on end will cause your circulation to drop. Rather be active and spend your breaks in the shadow. A lot of water is transpired unnoticed when you are at the seaside. For this reason, make sure you drink enough, and also fill the empty salt storages by eating spicy snacks.

During a tour of a museum or sightseeing, do not stand motionless at one place for a long time, but walk up and down slowly or move up and down on the balls of your feet. In this way the so-called muscle pump in the calves cause the blood of the legs to be pumped up again.

Even if the regional cuisine may be very tempting: Big, high-fat meals bind the blood in the abdominal cavity for a long time. Instead, eat several small portions of light food distributed over the whole day. 


On the plane

Air is thin and dry in an airplane: Given an humidity of three to ten per cent, the climate is similar to that of a desert, which is located at an altitude of 3,000 metres.

The reduced supply of oxygen during the flight together with a dehydration of the body and a lack of movement may cause a decrease in blood pressure. For this reason, drink at least 100 millilitres per hour (corresponds to a small glass), even if you may not be thirsty. Mineral water or juices are most suitable. Avoid alcohol and coffee because they dehydrate in addition. Elastic compression stockings prevent circulatory troubles and thromboses. In addition, do without sleeping tablets and tranquilisers.


At the hotel

Warm temperatures at night may intensify the problems of dropping blood pressure when getting up and with tiredness in the morning. For this reason take your time and sit on the side of the bed for some moments before you get up.

Plan your day with athletic activities. They will help you to get used to the climate. Endurance sports, such as swimming (in the hotel’s pool, for example) or fast walking (at the beach in the morning or evening, for example), are ideal. During the first days, you should rather do without intensive exercising, such as jogging or aerobics.