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How can high altitudes affect breathing, and how long does it take to acclimate to higher altitudes?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Low oxygen: It can cause swelling in the lungs because of too little oxygen. Ideally, it takes a couple of weeks for acclimation.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

How could living at high altitudes affect your breathing rate?

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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Depends on Altitude: Your breathing rate depending on how much higher you go will initially be higher. As one acclimates and gets used to the new higher altitude the rate should decrease as your body adjusts.

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