Saga adds extra cover to health insurance

25 November 2005
Saga is adding extra cover for high blood pressure to its private medical insurance policies after it found half of over 60s are affected by the condition.

Saga Private Medical Insurance is now giving all customers who suffer from high blood pressure the option to include it within their existing policies.

Andrew Goodsell, Saga chief executive, said:"Hypertension affects a great many people of all ages, particularly those aged 50 and over and, once diagnosed, most private medical insurers will exclude treatment for anything related to the condition on new health insurance policies.

"People should ensure that they have their blood pressure tested regularly so that the condition can be diagnosed and treated as early as possible."

Blood pressure, or hypertension as it is also known, can lead to heart disease and strokes.

It has been estimated the condition will affect almost a third of adults at some point in their lives.

It is still not entirely clear what causes high blood pressure but hardening of the arteries and thickening of the artery wall all contribute to the condition, which can lead to heart disease.

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