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When you ascend to high elevation acidosis or alkalosis?

When you ascend to high elevation acidosis or alkalosis?

Respiratory: alkalosis by increasing ventilation reducing carbon dioxide ...Read more

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Is it safe to be traveling to high elevations with a hernia?

Is it safe to be traveling to high elevations with a hernia?

No relationship : Elevation has no effect on a hernia, however if you are mountaineering, you will likely be far from medical care. If the hernia is painful, you should get it checked out by a doctor before climbing in order to get the best advice. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is if possible that moving to high elevation triggered high bp? I was usually normal 120/80 and a year later 155/100 with spikes higher.

Is if possible that moving to high elevation triggered high bp? I was usually normal 120/80 and a year later 155/100 with spikes higher.

Possibly.: Stress hormones tend to be higher and blood pressure also tends to rise at higher altitudes. Therefore, one should ask ones physician about preparing to increase ones BP medications as needed. Purchase an automatic arm-cuff type BP machine; check BP sitting and standing each morning and keep a log to share with ones doctor or other health care provider. ...Read more

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Husband has a 4.9 aortic aneurysm and has been hiking @ high elevations. Will this increase the size of the aneurysm and should he not hike?

Husband has a 4.9 aortic aneurysm and has been hiking @ high elevations. Will this increase the size of the aneurysm and should  he not hike?

Take it easy: Hiking will not cause any rapid change in the aneurysm size . Risk of rupture of 4.9cm AAA is around 1% for a male patient , but any extreme high blood pressure can increase tension on the wall and induce rupture , so he can excercise but should take it easy. ...Read more

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I live in high elevation and am dealing with a cold. My ears are plugged and open/close as I go higher then lower..pressure too Any help? Flying soon

I live in high elevation and am dealing with a cold.  My ears are plugged and open/close as I go higher then lower..pressure too Any help? Flying soon

Oral decongestants: such as pseudoephendrine may help. For flying consider a decongestant nasal spray immediately before boarding and keep it handy during flight in case you develop an ear or sinus block during descent. Avoid using it more than 3 days in a row. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to travel to high elevation.10000 if have atrial fib and hi B.P. well controlled?

Altitude: Altitude sickness can be severe unless appropriately acclimatized,Hypertension and AF if controlled are not specific contraindications to higher altitude travel ...Read more

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What is the best way to diagnose acute mountain sickness? I usually get headaches, lightheadedness and occasional nausea at high elevation.

What is the best way to diagnose acute mountain sickness? I usually get headaches, lightheadedness and occasional nausea at high elevation.

Mountain sickness: Those are exactly the symptoms you will feel at higher elevations if you can, try to move upto the higher elevations more gradually and you will accommodate a little better. Good luck. ...Read more