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Pacemaker and travel

I have recently had a pacemaker inserted for bradycardia. My travel insurance company have now added a clause excluding cover for any claim arising from or traceable to Bradycardia. We are due to travel on a cruise through the Panama Canal. Should I be concerned?

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In terms of your upcoming travel plans although there can never be an absolute guarantee that a health problem wont arise while you are away it may be wise to ensure you have a thorough review by your treating doctor in terms of how your pacemaker is performing and your overall heart rate and health. This should provide both information and re assurance on the likelihood of your having any problems whilst away and allow you to make an informed decision on the suitability of it due to the exclusion on your travel insurance.

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