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High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is a condition that, if not managed well, can lead to a number of other illnesses.
This highlights the need to have adequate protection in place, but how will high blood pressure affect your chances of securing cover?
Read on to find out everything you need to know about high blood pressure and life insurance...
The impact high blood pressure will have on your ability to secure life insurance will depend on the severity of your condition and how well you’re managing it.
Your application will be assessed taking the following information into account:
By knowing this information, insurers will get a better idea of what your condition is like and will be able to calculate the risk of insuring you.
If insurers can see that you’re handling your condition well, with a blood pressure reading under 142/80 mmHg, you may be able to secure life insurance on standard terms.
If your condition is more severe (anything over 177/106 mmHg) you may be referred to a specialist insurer (such as The Exeter) or may even be declined.
At Reassured our specialist impaired life insurance team have found cover for 45% of applicants declined elsewhere.
Below you'll find a list of the different life insurance policies and how high blood pressure is likely to affect them.
Term life insurance
With term life insurance you’re covered for a specified period of time and if you pass away within this period a pay out is made to your loved ones.
Term life insurance is available with level or decreasing terms.
With any form of term life insurance, you’ll need to provide medical information at the point of application.
This means you’ll need to disclose your high blood pressure.
Depending on the severity of your condition and the steps you’re taking to manage it, you could experience higher premiums.
Whole of life insurance
Whole of life insurance offers lifetime cover, meaning your loved ones are guaranteed a pay out.
You’ll need to provide medical information at the point of application and you’ll need to pay premiums for the rest of your life to keep cover in place.
For these reasons, it’s likely whole of life could be a costly option for someone with high blood pressure.
Over 50s plan
An over 50s plan provides guaranteed acceptance to UK residents aged 50 - 85.
What makes an over 50s plan different is that you don’t need to provide any medical information.
Instead, your premiums are calculated using your age and level of cover only.
This makes an over 50s plan an ideal option for those with high blood pressure as you won’t have to disclose your condition.
Yes, in the eyes of an insurer, if you have high blood pressure at the point of application it'll be seen as a pre-existing condition.
This isn’t to say that you won’t be able to take out life insurance on standard terms.
Insurers will take into consideration the unique circumstances of your condition and depending on the severity, you could be offered standard terms.
If your condition is more severe, your premiums may be inflated to account for the higher risk.
Read our comprehensive guide on life insurance with pre-existing conditions for more information »
Yes, if you suffer from high blood pressure you’ll need to disclose this at the point of application.
Failure to do so can lead to a claim being declined and your selfless investment wasted.
Non-disclosure refers to not being completely truthful on your application. If you have high blood pressure it can be tempting to not mention it in favour of securing a cheaper premium.
However, if it’s found that you knowingly had high blood pressure at the time you applied for life insurance, your insurer will deem your cover invalid and no pay out will be made to your loved ones.
Honesty is the best policy as it can prevent your selfless investment from going to waste.
The cost of life insurance for someone with high blood pressure is likely to vary depending on the individual circumstances of your condition.
For someone with high blood pressure that’s well managed (with or without medication), it’s likely you’ll be able to secure cover on standard terms.
Those with more severe high blood pressure may experience higher premiums due to the increased risk to insurers.
In extreme cases, you may be referred to a specialist insurer or refused life insurance altogether.
At Reassured our team does their very best to find the most suitable cover for our applicants, even if you’ve been declined before.
It’s possible to secure critical illness cover with high blood pressure.
Critical illness cover provides the opportunity for an early pay out if you’re diagnosed with a life-changing illness that’s listed within your policy.
If you’re left unable to work due to your illness, a critical illness pay out can help to cover any lost income.
Due to your condition, it’s likely there may be some exclusions for related illnesses written into your policy, such as heart attack or stroke.
This means if you become unwell with one of these conditions, you won’t receive a pay out.
High blood pressure isn’t included on the list of critical illnesses, therefore if you’re diagnosed with high blood pressure during the term of your policy you won’t be able to make a claim.
All term life insurance policies come with terminal illness as standard at no additional cost.
This means if you’re diagnosed with a life-threatening illness (during the term) and are predicted to pass away within 12 months you can make an early claim on your policy.
The pay out can be used to pay for medical treatment, make adaptions to your home or you can simply enjoy it with your loved ones.
There are two types of blood pressure:
Systolic blood pressure is the pressure when your heart beats, whereas diastolic blood pressure is the pressure on your blood vessels when your heart muscles relax.
When taking blood pressure measurements (measured in mmHg), the systolic pressure will be given first followed by the diastolic pressure.
For example, 140/90 mmHg.
High blood pressure readings
A normal blood pressure reading is anything under 140/90. If your blood pressure is high, readings will be between 140/90 and 180/110.
Securing life insurance with high blood pressure is completely possible.
Comparing quotes is essential to securing the right cover at the best price.
At Reassured we can do this on your behalf, saving you valuable time and money.
Our award-winning team can help to find you the most suitable cover, even if you’ve been declined before.
Get started and get in touch for your free quotes.
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