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Doctor insights on: Is It Safe To Travel To A High Altitude While Pregnant

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Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Is it safe to travel to a high altitude while pregnant?

Is it safe to travel to a high altitude while pregnant?

Yes: There are millions of people who live in high altitude areas of the world who are pregnant and do just fine. If you are not used to it you may be more prone to altitude sickness and feeling of shortness of breath though. For prolonged sitting during travel make sure you get up and walk every few hours to prevent blood clots. Support stockings on your feet prevent some swelling too.

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High Altitude (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Is it safe to travel to high altitudes if I'm pregnant?

Is it safe to travel to high altitudes if I'm pregnant?

Yes: It is safe to travel to high altitude areas but you may experience shortness of breath faster than you would at home because of the lower oxygen levels. Pregnancy women who live in high altitude areas permanently actually experience different fetal growth curves but for a short vacation this is fine.

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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.

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh Dr. Dosanjh
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
32 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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How safe is it for someone who had been smoking for 27 yrs to move to a high altitude city of 5000 or 6000 ft elevation?

How safe is it for someone who had been smoking for 27 yrs to move to a high altitude city of 5000 or 6000 ft elevation?

Mgt: If you have developed lung/heart disease eg COPD, emphysema or asthma, I would not suggest it. If you are still smoking, then there are multiple ways to help you quit smoking.

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper Dr. Kleerekoper
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
47 years in practice
University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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2 yr old w/ history of chronic lung disease (bronchopulmonary dysplasia), recently d/c supplemental O2. Is it safe to travel to high altitudes?

2 yr old w/ history of chronic lung disease (bronchopulmonary dysplasia), recently d/c supplemental O2. Is it safe to travel to high altitudes?

Keep the oxygen: How high are you going? Whether to bring the oxygen is a question for the pulmonoogist. These kids are in some danger both from hypoxia and from blood vessels in lungs constructing at lower oxygen tensions.

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.

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.

Dr. Philip Rosenblum Dr. Rosenblum
Family Medicine
24 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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Do cortisone shots not work in high altitude?

Do cortisone shots not work in high altitude?

They should work: There is no reason that the effectiveness of a cortisone injection should be affected by altitude. At least none that I can imagine.

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Dr. Jill Carnahan Dr. Carnahan
Family Medicine
years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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Can't sleep, high altitude, really restless what do I do?

Can't sleep, high altitude, really restless what do I do?

Routine + melatonin: Many things like anxiety and change in environment can affect sleep. Try melatonin 3-6mg 1 hour before bedtime. Here are some more helpful hints! Http://doccarnahan. Blogspot. Com/2011/02/sleep-like-baby-dr-jills-twelve-tips-to. Html.

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger Dr. Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Are pacemakers affected at all by long distance flights or particularly high altitude?

Pacemakers: The function of a pacemaker is not affected by long distance flights or altitude. The patient's underlying disease process depending on what it is, could however be affected by either.

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Dr. Brian Kaufman Dr. Kaufman
Internal Medicine
15 years in practice
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What diet and exercise changes do I need if I am going into a high altitude environment?

What diet and exercise changes do I need if I am going into a high altitude environment?

Water and cardio: It is important to drink more water. Also, doing cardiovascular exercises can help aclimate you to the new environment sooner. I'm presuming that we are discussing places like colorado or similar mountain areas which are typically a mile above sea level. For extreme high altitudes, such as himalayan mountains, there are significant dangers from altitude and that is a more complicated answer.

Dr. Steven Machtinger Dr. Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
40 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Is it advisable for one whose asthma is well controlled to travel to places of high altitude?

Is it advisable for one whose asthma is well controlled to travel to places of high altitude?

What do YOU mean by: "well controlled"? Asthma in america study reveals that most patients rating their asthma well controlled are not in control by the standards of allergists & pulmonologists. A simple yardstick is the rule of twos. Asthma is in control when albuterol use <3x/week & waking up at night from asthma <3x/month & exacerbation of asthma requiring Prednisone or er visit <2x/year. Pass & you're good to go.

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr Dr. Alvis Jr
Preventive Medicine
37 years in practice
The Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
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Can high altitude cause hypertension or aggravate it if it already exists? If so what causes this?

Can high altitude cause hypertension or aggravate it if it already exists? If so what causes this?

No, Internal Control: Bp: a result of cardiac output vs. Average resistance of the 20, 000 to 30, 000 end arteries (arterioles) which determine blood flow to each capillary bed, both co ; size of all arterioles (degree of constriction) are under split-second control from brain ; constantly being adjusted. BP is just a momentary result. Brain integrates many variables, including perceptions/feelings ; adjusts accordingly.

Dr. Marybeth Lambe Dr. Lambe
Travel Medicine
41 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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What could it be to have high hemoglobin? No smoke, no live on high altitude, no kidney issues. Please help!

What could it be to have high hemoglobin? No smoke, no live on high altitude, no kidney issues. Please help!

Agree and...: P vera is rare ; genetic. Be sure you are talking about truly high number. Other causes are sleep apnea, lung disease, non smoking chronic carbon monoxide exposure, liver disease, kidney cysts or obstruction that may be unknown, adrenal causes, very rare tumors that put out epo (which tell the body to make more hemoglobin) no need to guess though--your provider will be able to sort it out for you.

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Dr. Regina Druz Dr. Druz
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
37 years in practice
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
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Is high altitude bad for aortic aneurysms?

Is high altitude bad for aortic aneurysms?

Depends: This is a difficult one to answer. The changes that may occur at high altitude, such as relatively less oxygen may lead to increased heart rates, especially with exertion, and that is an undesirable effect. However, more details are needed: location of the aneurysm? Size and the etiology of the aneurysm? M how far above sea level is your location? What would be a rate of ascent?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Dr. Wayne Ingram Dr. Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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Can high altitude affect menstruation?

Can high altitude affect menstruation?

Yes: Yes, so can long east and west international flights, stress, etc. Very high altitude decreases the amount of oxygen available for lung exchange to the bloodstream.

Dr. Marybeth Lambe Dr. Lambe
Travel Medicine
41 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Can I have a retinal hemorrhage from high altitude?

Can I have a retinal hemorrhage from high altitude?

Yes, however:: At altitude above 4300 meters, there are certainly reports of retinal hemorrhage but it can be difficult to exclude other causes. High altitude retinopathy (harh) is seen in up to 29% of everest climbers above 5300 meters. There seems to be an association with altitude sickness raising questions whether slow ascent ; other factors may reduce risk for bleeding in the small vessels of the eye.

Dr. Andrew Shatz Dr. Shatz
Ophthalmology
22 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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Is it possible to have a retinal hemorrhage from high altitude?

Is it possible to have a retinal hemorrhage from high altitude?

It's possible...: ... But other causes should be ruled out. Retinal hemorrhages are more often caused by uncontrolled hypertension or diabetes, as well as occasional association with bad floaters. The decreased pressure from high altitude has been known to rupture small blood vessels on the white of the eye as well. Have your eye doctor examine you carefully.

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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