Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy & Life Insurance
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Life Insurance applications for those with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can be placed with a number of insurance providers, who will want to discuss your condition with your GP before they offer you acceptance terms. The insurance provider will be interested in whether your diagnosis is classed as mild, moderate or severe, and may wish to see the results of any tests (e.g. electrocardiograms) that have been performed. Such requests for information come at the insurer’s expense and not your own.
Depending upon the severity of your condition you could be looking at anywhere from a mild rating to your policy premiums through to a high end rating. Please also bear in mind that in extreme circumstances or when there are other significant medical disclosures, you application may be declined. Here at Special Risks Bureau we have had a lot of experience dealing with applications for people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and if cover is available we will certainly do our best to source it for you.
Critical Illness Cover when you have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy unfortunately is not available as a personal policy. You could possibly have Critical Illness cover through your employer, if they are willing to arrange an employer funded scheme.
At the present time there are no insurers who are able to offer personal Income Protection for those with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. You could arrange an employer funded scheme known as Group Income Protection through your employer, or your own company. Please get in contact with our specialist advisers if you want to explore this option.
What is Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is diagnosed when the the muscles in the heart become thickened, often localised to the left ventricular wall. The condition is typically hereditary but can also be caused by other conditions such as high blood pressure.
Also known as: HCM
Linked with: Friedrich’s ataxia, arrhythmias, endocarditis
Possible symptoms: Shortness of breath (dyspnoea), chest pain (angina), palpitations, dizziness and fainting
Some potential problems experienced by individuals who have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy include:
- Reaction to medication e.g. blurred vision
- Heart block
- Rapid or erratic heartbeat
- Anticoagulants (Warfarin)
- Calcium channel blockers (calcium antagonists, Verapamil)
- Loop diuretics (Furosemide, Bumetanide)
- Potassium sparing diuretics
- Thiazide diuretics (Bendroflumethiazide)
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You can apply for any of the following services through ourselves
- Accident, Sickness and Unemployment*
- Buildings and Contents
- Business Protection
- Impaired Life Annuities**
- Long Term Care**
- Buy To Let Insurance**
* Please note that accident and sickness cover will likely exclude pre-existing health conditions.
** These services are placed with our selected partners.
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