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Living At High Altitude (Overview)

Traveling to high altitudes may cause problems during pregnancy, as your body and your fetus adjust to the lower air pressure and lower levels of oxygen. It's generally best to let your body adjust to moderate altitudes 6, 000 8, 000 feet for a few days before going above 8, 000 feet. Women with complicated pregnancies may want to avoid mountain-top excursions altogether.


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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

Living At High Altitude (Overview)

Traveling to high altitudes may cause problems during pregnancy, as your body and your fetus adjust to the lower air pressure and lower levels of oxygen. It's generally best to let your body adjust to moderate altitudes 6, 000 8, 000 feet for a few days before going above 8, 000 feet. Women with complicated pregnancies may want to avoid mountain-top excursions altogether.


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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

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My BP suddenly went dangerously high after living at high altitude for over 6 months. What is the reason for this?

My BP suddenly went dangerously high after living at high altitude for over 6 months. What is the reason for this?

Not the cause: It's unlikely that altitude is the cause. See this science-based article from the u of hawaii: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/10453102. ...Read more

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I have mŽnire's disease. We just moved to georgia in the mountains. Can living in high altitude worsen vertigo? I seem worse since moving here.

I have mŽnire's disease. We just moved to georgia in the mountains. Can living in high altitude worsen vertigo? I seem worse since moving here.

Yes: The fact that you have become worse indicates that oxygen utilization in the brain is compromised, probably by vitamin b deficiency from poor diet, especially sugar and sweeteners. ...Read more

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How does living at high altitudes affect your health?

How does living at high altitudes affect your health?

High altitude: Living at higher altitudes is different than visiting. When you live there, your body has time to completely adjust. When you visit, you need to make more compensations, but if you stay for more than a few weeks, your body will do it on its own for the most part. People may feel affects from higher altitudes as low as 4000 ft above sea level. Usually by 6000 ft, they will experience more fatigue. ...Read more

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Effects of living at high altitudes on the elderly - anything worrisome?

Low O2: High altitudes can be tough for elders, especially those with lung disease as the available oygen is less. Slow aclimation to high altitudes is vital to prevent serious problems including heart failure and brain swelling. Once an elder adjusts to the new altitude, there will likely be less problems. Similar situations can happen in flight for those with serious lung or heart conditions. ...Read more

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How could living at high altitudes affect your breathing rate?

How could living at high altitudes affect your breathing rate?

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. ...Read more

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Can living at high altitudes lessen the effects of lexapro (escitalopram)?

No studies done, but: To my knowledge, there have been no studies done on the effects of antidepressants & altitude. High altitudes can cause symptoms. Some of the 1st signs of high-altitude illness are headache, lightheadedness, weakness, trouble sleeping and an upset stomach. People who normally live at lower altitudes, their bodies aren't used to working on so little oxygen. With time, their body gets used to it. ...Read more

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Can living at high altitudes cause joint pain?

Can living at high altitudes cause joint pain?

Yes: People how live in high altitudes could devoloped joint pain, if they go down to lower altitude they may get rid of that. ...Read more

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Does anyone know if living at high altitudes (like denver) hurts your joints?

Does anyone know if living at high altitudes (like denver) hurts your joints?

Possibly.: Research has shown that those with a history of joint pain can experience fluctuations in their level of pain with even small shifts in barometric pressure.

Barometric pressure changes can certainly be seen at altitude or with rapid weather changes which are seen quite frequently in denver. ...Read more

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Is breathing or heart rate faster for people living at high altitudes?

Is breathing or heart rate faster for people living at high altitudes?

Not necessarily: Usually one's breathing and heart rate will be increased initially when moving to a higher altitude. But if one stays more than a few days it should start to decrease and go down as one gets used to being at a higher altitude. ...Read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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How quickly can your hemoglobin rise in high altitude?

Hemoglobin at altitu: Weeks to months depending on the altitude. The immediate response to altitudes over 10, 000 feet is an increase in the depth and rate of breathing to help maintain the level of oxygen in the blood. As the length of exposure persists, the kidneys will start producing a hormone to increase the rate of production of red blood cells to pick up and carry more of the available oxygen at that altitude. ...Read more

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What precautions and medicines I need to take while going to a very high altitude leh-ladakh?

Altitude Sickness: Leh, altitude 11500 ft (3500 m), is at the defined border between high and very high altitude. Low o2, pulmonary and cerebral edema are the main concerns with altitude sickness, which is made worse by rapid ascent. Precautions and treatment will depend on your health. You should consult with your physician about specifics. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I'm wondering if I have any neurologic complications after HACE at high altitude. Is this possible if I don't have any symptoms I'm aware of?

Possible, not likely: There is always microvascular damage in cases of HACE. After recovery people usually do not have ongoing problems. There are rare cases of vision damage that might subtle. Here is a place to go for information: http://www. Altitude. Org/altitude_sickness. Php
Most importantly, condition yourself and adapt to high altitude situations in the future because damage is cumulative. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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