A 34-year-old female asked:
Drivingfrom 1100ft to 4200 ft tomorrow. Will be at 4200for a few hr I've never been at a high altitude. I'm overweight and a smoker. Should i worry?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Fernando Torres answered
26 years experience in Pulmonology
Probably not: Must people at age 27 have normal lungs and even if you are a smoker, must likely you have good lung reserve to be able to breath comfortably at this altitude. Also, people tend not to get in trouble just by "driving" to high altitude. If you stay at high altitude, you can indeed develop high altitude pulmonary edema. But if you are just driving by, it should be ok. Stop smoking/lose weight.
Answered on Oct 14, 2013
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