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Dr. Mathew Chengot
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High Altitude (Overview)

As one ascends through the atmosphere, every breath contains fewer molecules of oxygen. One must work harder to obtain oxygen, by breathing faster and deeper. The % of oxygen in the atmosphere at sea level is 21%. As altitude increases, the % remains the same but the number of oxygen molecules per breath is reduced. At 12, 000 feet 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath. Your body has to cope!


Dr. Stuart Springer Dr. Springer
Sports Medicine
47 years in practice
New York Medical College
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Why do athletes do 'high altitude' training?

Why do athletes do 'high altitude' training?

Increases blood cell: Increases blood cells and allows them to get more oxygen and more endurance at normal altitudes. ...Read more

Dr. Mathew Chengot
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High Altitude (Overview)

As one ascends through the atmosphere, every breath contains fewer molecules of oxygen. One must work harder to obtain oxygen, by breathing faster and deeper. The % of oxygen in the atmosphere at sea level is 21%. As altitude increases, the % remains the same but the number of oxygen molecules per breath is reduced. At 12, 000 feet 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath. Your body has to cope!


Dr. Bernard Seif Dr. Seif
Clinical Psychology
36 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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What is the best way to adjust to high altitude?

What is the best way to adjust to high altitude?

Ginkgo Biloba: If you are not on blood thinners you can consider using a supplement ginkgo biloba. It dilates the blood vessels, especially in the brain, thus allowing for more blood flow and oxygen. It is also used for memory issues. Check w/your doc and the very best to you. ...Read more

Dr. Philip Ewing Dr. Ewing
Pediatrics
15 years in practice
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
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High altitude (Tip)

Do ask your doctor about acetazolamide before your travel. Don't forget to drink plenty of liquids. ...See more

Dr. David Brouwer Dr. Brouwer
Internal Medicine
26 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Preventing Altitude Sickness (Checklist)

Drink water regularly
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Rest at new altitude to acclimate your body
Once
Talk to your doctor about meds to prevent altitude sickness
Once
Dr. Marybeth Lambe Dr. Lambe
Travel Medicine
41 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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How does the body acclimate itself to high altitude?

How does the body acclimate itself to high altitude?

Many changes: 1. You breath faster to compensate for the thinned density of oxygen. 2 body makes more oxygen carrying red cells at altitude 3. Kidneys put out more bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) to keep your acid base state adjusted. Your rapid breathing blows off carbon dioxide and your kidneys adjust for this change but it takes a few days to body to alter. There are medicines to speed this acclimatization. ...Read more

Dr. Marybeth Lambe Dr. Lambe
Travel Medicine
41 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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What is the definition or description of: high altitude?

Spaced out Air!: As one ascends through the atmosphere, every breath contains fewer molecules of oxygen. One must work harder to obtain oxygen, by breathing faster and deeper. The % of oxygen in the atmosphere at sea level is 21%. As altitude increases, the % remains the same but the number of oxygen molecules per breath is reduced. At 12, 000 feet 40% fewer oxygen molecules per breath. Your body has to cope! ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Hacking Dr. Hacking
Family Medicine
14 years in practice
Florida International University College of Medicine
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High altitude (Tip)

Diamox tablet. Prescribed by HealthTap doctor. Breathing better now. ...See more

Dr. Marybeth Lambe Dr. Lambe
Travel Medicine
41 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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If my baby was born in high altitude are they used to it?

If my baby was born in high altitude are they used to it?

Not well studied: Very likely. The particular risks for children to high altitude have not been thoroughly studied. Children born ; living at altitude to have normal risk for high altitude pulmonary edema but there may be some increased risk for this condition if a child then travels down to lowland ; then re-enters high altitude. Very small older studies are suggestive but reasons are not clear.New info pending. ...Read more

Dr. Marybeth Lambe Dr. Lambe
Travel Medicine
41 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Could a lowlander adjust to permanently living at high altitude?

Could a lowlander adjust to permanently living at high altitude?

Certainly, Examples:: 1.Your bone marrow will makes more oxygen carrying red cells at altitude 2.The body produces more of a particular enzyme which increases release of oxygen from hemoglobin to the body tissues 3.Your kidneys adjust the acid base state of your body by changing amount bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) excreted. 4. Pulmonary capillary pressure increases, forcing parts of the lung to work that are dormant at sea level. ...Read more

Dr. Budi Bahureksa Dr. Bahureksa
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
27 years in practice
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor BP at home
Daily
Have a regular follow up and work with your doctor
Once
Take your meds as instructed without fail
Once
Dr. Marybeth Lambe Dr. Lambe
Travel Medicine
41 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Does living at high altitude cause any drugs to be less effective?

Does living at high altitude cause any drugs to be less effective?

Unknown: Studies are in progress. Some illnesses act differently making this tough to gauge. Asthma may be better due to less pollutants up high. Altitude makes immune systems slightly less strong and can delay wound healing. High blood pressure can be a bit harder to control but not always--is it because the medicines are less effective or the altitude impacts the body? Still being sorted out. ...Read more

Dr. Marybeth Lambe Dr. Lambe
Travel Medicine
41 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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What are some ways to simulate high-altitude conditions while training at sea-level?

What are some ways to simulate high-altitude conditions while training at sea-level?

Best very expensive: Elite athletes use methods to fool the body it is training at altitude to stimulate erythropoietin to make more red cells and to increase 2.3-dpg, a chemical that impacts oxygen movement from red blood cells to working muscles. This requires sleeping in oxygen low rooms at night (pumped in nitrogen gas) etc.The mask based system has potential but is not to be used during exercise only at rest. ...Read more

Dr. Ankush Bansal Dr. Bansal
Internal Medicine
13 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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Managing High Cholesterol (Checklist)

Take your meds as prescribed
Once
Avoid or limit all meat except fish that swim (i.e. limit shellfish).
Once
No red meats and limited poultry
Once
Reduce fatty, fried, sugary foods
Once
Dr. Jagdish Mishra Dr. Mishra
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
34 years in practice
Sambalpur University, V. S. S. Medical College
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Good BP until living @ high altitude then a year later things spiralled out of control. When back @ sea level didn't need meds. Altitude reaction?

Good BP until living @ high altitude then a year later things spiralled out of control. When back @ sea level didn't need meds.  Altitude reaction?

Possible: Altitude can have a lot of effects including rise in BP (relative hypoxia) and also more radiation exposure.. However, your BP rise could be incidental and might have nothing to do with the altitude. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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What is the effect of high altitude on esr?

None: The sed rate is notoriously difficult to do properly, and the results are of no value in isolation. High altitude may increase red cell count slightly, but the speed of sedimentation of normal red cells is a property of the plasma rather than the red cells themselves. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
Ophthalmology
22 years in practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Eating a High Protein Diet (Checklist)

Balance diet with lots of greens, vegetables, & hydrate adequately
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Dr. Donald Thomas Dr. Thomas
Surgery - Thoracic
31 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Does high altitude make inflammation worse?

Does high altitude make inflammation worse?

Possibly: There is some recent data that shows that high altitude worsens inflammatory bowel disease. However there in general not much information an this topic. And worsening is probably very minor. ...Read more

Dr. Sarah Kohl Dr. Kohl
Travel Medicine
31 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Is it safe to bring my baby into a high altitude?

Is it safe to bring my baby into a high altitude?

Yes: Travel to high altitude (above 8000 ft / 2400 m) can be very stressful on both parents and babies. Babies have a limited ability to communicate if they are having difficulty at high altitude. Older children and adults are fatigued, have nausea & headache, and are short of breath. Waiting until the child is able to talk makes monitoring for altitude sickness symptoms easier. Symptoms mean descend. ...Read more

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Dr. David Geffner Dr. Geffner
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
50 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Is there is any danger to diabetic at high altitude?

No: But some glucose meters are sensitive to altitude - so ask your doctor if it is a problem with your meter. ...Read more

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