Flying is a common difficulty and there’s no specific guidance about flying aside from what the cause of the stroke may be and what persistent deficit there might be. To focus on TIA where a patient has had one of these transient events, one would typically advise firstly that you let your insurance company know, to ensure that you’ve been seen by someone and you’ve been started on the right treatment and I would generally say wait at least two weeks If it’s been a transient event, you’ve seen someone and you’ve had the discussion and
you’ve been started on the right treatment, you’re well hydrated, you’re moving around and it’s not a long flight, I would have thought it would be fine flying, as long as you’ve got
agreement from your insurance company.
There are certain patients that might have an increased risk. For example, there is an
increasingly known about condition called a PFO, or patent foramen ovale which
is a hole in the heart. It’s an incredibly common condition – 25% of the patient
population have it. In certain patients, it can be associated with a clot going from the veins of your circulation to the arteries which is where a stroke occurs. In those patients, there might be a slight increase with flying early.
Dr Arvind Chandratheva is a consultant neurologist and clinical lead for the TIA service and hyper acute stroke unit at the UCLH National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square.
He offers private consultations and specialist private outpatient services at the Queen Square Private Consulting Rooms. For more information or to contact him to make an appointment, please refer to the details in his online profile at https://qsprivatehealthcare.com/consultants/dr-arvind-chandratheva/