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If you have pulmonary hypertension. Is it a good idea to move to a lower altitude?
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Dr. Arnon Rubin
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: If you have low o2
The risk of higher altitude is lower oxygen in the air. This can lead to further strain and stress on the body and worsen pulmonary hypertension, especially in more advanced disease.
Your doctors can check your oxygen levels to see if you are at risk for low oxygen. These levels should be checked with rest, activity and with sleep. If your saturations remain in a safe range you dont need to move.

In brief: If you have low o2
The risk of higher altitude is lower oxygen in the air. This can lead to further strain and stress on the body and worsen pulmonary hypertension, especially in more advanced disease.
Your doctors can check your oxygen levels to see if you are at risk for low oxygen. These levels should be checked with rest, activity and with sleep. If your saturations remain in a safe range you dont need to move.
Dr. Arnon Rubin
Dr. Arnon Rubin
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Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
If you live at an altitude above 5000 ft it may make sense to move to a lower altitude.
If you are on supplemental oxygen therapy there isn't much data to suggest you do better at lower altitude. The decision to move involves many other factors such as your support systems, family, access to medical care and family. It can't be a decision based on one factor alone.

In brief: Depends
If you live at an altitude above 5000 ft it may make sense to move to a lower altitude.
If you are on supplemental oxygen therapy there isn't much data to suggest you do better at lower altitude. The decision to move involves many other factors such as your support systems, family, access to medical care and family. It can't be a decision based on one factor alone.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Fernando Torres
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
In brief: Yes
It is a great idea to be at sea level.
The high altitude is associated with low oxygen in the air and going to a lower altitude is helpful. I treat many patients with phtn and when they come to a lower altitude they feel much better.

In brief: Yes
It is a great idea to be at sea level.
The high altitude is associated with low oxygen in the air and going to a lower altitude is helpful. I treat many patients with phtn and when they come to a lower altitude they feel much better.
Dr. Fernando Torres
Dr. Fernando Torres
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