Heart problems in high altitude

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In addition, being overweight does not increase the risk of getting high-altitude illness. Some diseases make going to a high altitude very dangerous. People who have sickle cell anemia shouldn't go to a high altitude. A high altitude is also dangerous for people who have severe lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or severe emphysema, and for people who have severe heart disease.
seems the higher up one goes, the less o2 there is , as the air thins out , so its harder to breath, your heart works harder and lungs. I also read, the blood also thins out the longer you stay in high altitude? the lower you go, the more 02 you breath in.. and air is easy to breath or take in.. sound right ? guessing ?? I had problems last year while up in the mountians of Arizona - I couldnt adjust to the high Altitude, and my b.p went sky high on me.. even on the dose of meds I was on..
have been wondering if the MVP contributes to symptoms of altitude sickness. Four times in my life I have been the only person to suffer altitude problems among a group of people who have traveled with me from sea level at the same time. Twice there was strenuous hiking involved, twice not. All 4 times included the nausea, severe headache, fatigue, clamminess, twice could not keep water down. Does this have to do with the heart not pumping enough blood per stroke, or what?
Since moving to Colorado, I am breathless to the point of using an inhaler. I get dizzy and the left side of my heart hurts at times or flutters at other times. I have high blood pressure on the diastolic side and take 10 mg a day of Atenolol. I grew up by Joliet, Illinois (sea level) and then moved to California for 10 years without much trouble with the MVP. It was not until moving to Colorado that these symptoms started. I am a non-smoker and a non-drinker.
With MVP its pretty common to heart a whooshing sound, a clicking sound, etc. I myself have MVP and am in my mid 50's and was diagnosed w. MVP in junior high and like w. most other people have never had an issue w. it..generally speaking most people if ever...begin having issues when they are senior citizens...its not to say you won't its just that the odds are with you. Moderate MVP usually falls within that catagory of non issues....i agree w.
My Dad, who is 78 years old has had a heart attack in the past and several stints put in, wants to go up to the top of Pikes Peak with us this summer. Will the high altitude be a major problem for him? Or should we convince him do something else, while we go up?
I have been running for couple of years and my heart rate jumps to 160 very easily and then stays in high 160-170 for the entire range of the run. People I am running with on the other hand have heart rate in the 135-145 range so I am really keen on finding a solution.
I've recently had heart problems, I live at 4000 ft. and have a cabin in the mountains that is 7000 ft. above sea level. We go to our cabin for weekends. How does this effect my heart with the change in elevation?
- High Altitude: (5000 - 11500 ft) - Very High Altitude: (11500 - 18000 ft) - Extreme Altitude: above 18000 ft "Practically speaking, however, we generally don't worry much about elevations below about (8000 ft) since altitude illness rarely occurs lower than this".
(avg=120/ 80) Hypertension= 140/90 or above. Does he have chronic conditions causing low oxygenation (diabetes, asthma, live in high altitude, and you say he had blood work, do you know what the oxygen concentration in his blood was (pO2)? Almost forgot, see if the medication side effects affect blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen concentration, exc. Hope this helps! But I would advise asking your doctor because he has access to your son's health history, lab values, exc.
I have a Manual of Laboratory Diagnostic Tests, second edition by Frances Fischbach (very old) that indicates an interfering factor that can cause high RBCs, hemoglobin and hematocrit can be living at a higher altitude, looks like having to do with decreased oxygen content in the air- you say you don't live at a high altitude, but have you checked the oxygen level in your house?
No major health problems before. No heart problems in parents (both alive, 55 yrs old) or grandparents (all passed away around 82 yrs old) One day, woke up with a sore throat and mild fever (99.8), took a TheraFlu (aspirin). Then 2 hours later, started feeling weird, dizzy, started feeling a bit of pulsations in my chest and head. Things started to get worse in 10 mins, and suddenly, my heart was racing, my hands and feet were tingling and numb and I was sweating and flushing.
I am sorry to hear about your new and fast heart rate. A hear rate above 85 sounds a bit high for a resting state in my opinion. Have you ever had any reason to see a Cardiologist or do you have any heart problems? Your body may just be in shock from exercising so vigorously for the first time in a long time.
Both Ed and I have zippers in our chests from open heart surgery to prove high cholesterol numbers can lead to serious heart problems. I agree with Ed that inflammation of the arteries is a big issue.
Two weeks ago I did a 130mile ride with 15,000ft of climbing in high altitude with no problem. Last Saturday while riding up a hill I had a weird sensation in my chest (same as I did 6 months ago). My heart rate was around 165 and all of a sudden I felt a "weakness" (feels like a loss of pressure) in my chest, my breathing became difficult and weakness set in within 10 seconds of the sensation.
To explain it simply, high RBC, HGB and HCT are due to the low oxygen in body and atmosphere at high altitudes. Congenital heart disease, some kidney problems, asthma and COPD and polycythemia vera are the other causes. Usually RDW below 10% are considered significant and are associated with macrocytic anemia (ruled out in your case). If you feel that your labs are not high due to altitude, then please consult a doctor to rule out the other causes. Hope this helps. Take care!
After nearly three years of research and stealing diagnostic requisitions, I've confirmed that I have Celiac disease, Hashimoto's Auto-immune Hypothyroidism, high white blood cell count, high amounts of proteins in my blood, am allergic to everything I've eaten while experiencing GI problems (I do mean everything. According to the tests, I should go go into anaphylaxis if any dairy, grains, legumes, most spices, beef, garlic, ginger... even look at me funny.
hi it nice to hear that there others getting the same symptoms as me,im a 42 year old male it all started 7months ago i stood up and went completly dizzy to the point where everything was blurred and couldnt focus at the same time i got real bad heart palpitations and the blood drained from me and i was shaking,after a while it passed but since then ive been left with the strangest symptoms which seem to change a lot i would get pressure in my neck and head and feel like something was crawling a
The cabins are pressure - ized so you really don't feel much in the way of altitude when you are up in the air. The only thing i worry about is the dry skin we get from the reconstituted air we breath when we fly.
I also feel when I lay down to go to bed that my heart is kind of flip-flopping around in my chest. I didn't really have any of these symptoms before I started taking the metoprolol and I know these aren't normal side effects. I plan on calling my doctor on Tuesday, but in the meantime I'm kind of unnerved and scared about these symptoms. Could this just be my body adjusting to the medicine?
then a little later i had a weird feeling in my chest and i had pains in my shoulder, neck and back (where my heart is). then i went to the ER and they did an EKG and they said it was normal. then i tried holding my breath and after a few seconds my heart would start palpitating. it would keep doing that. it still does that and it feels really weird. today in the morning i got a stinging feeling where my heart is for a few minutes and it went away. now the area of my heart feels really weird.
That would be the best test to see if there is any heart failure as an echo sees the heart wall movement in realtime. If there is heart failure, the heart wall movement would be impaired and heart contractions would be weak. An ECG is not a very good source to detect heart failure or heart muscle damage. However, the tests indicate you don't have cardiovascular disease that could block the blood flow, and that would be the result of the stress test.
Since I had read that MILK is the #1 cause of ear problems in kids, I gave up all milk products ( I didn't have anything that contained any derivative from milk - no yogurt, cheese, ice cream, coffee creamer (not even non-dairy creamer - that has a protein from milk in it called sodium caseinate). Read all ingredients on labels. Within 4 or 5 days, I got relief - suddenly! I didn't feel like it was helping at all for the first 4 or 5 days.
However, research shows that adults with a resting heart rate over 70 have a greater risk of heart attack than those below 70.Resting heart rate averages 60 to 80 beats per minute. In middle-aged, unconditioned, sedentary individuals the resting rate can exceed 100 beats per minute. In highly conditioned endurance-trained athletes, such as Olympic cross-country skiers, resting rates in the range of 28 to 40 beats per minute have been reported.
I'm certainly going to talk to mine when I go back and tell him about this forum and we've all got the same problems, being treated the same, and no relief. I, too, have problems walking like in malls and large spaces, with my balance.
Most aero medical considerations that adversely affect humans in flight, such as hypoxia and carbon monoxide will similarly affect our pets. High altitude flight in a suddenly un-pressurized cabin has the same affect on a pet as it does on a human. While the pet's visual acuity and coordination may not be critical factors to the safety of flight, an older or frail animal may not tolerate low cabin pressures and the resultant lack of normal levels of oxygen well.
I live in Colorado. Also, I live at altitude (+8000'), could this be causing any problems? Any recommendation on a larger center would be appreciated. Again, thank you for you time.
I cannot go where there is high altitude either or I will almost pass out. I have never had high blood pressure problems, but if I stand up then they take my blood pressure it's through the roof, because if this problem. So sorry for the novel, but thought that this could help someone out there who is having the same symptoms and their Doctors will not do anything to help. Don't give up because there is always hope.
Do you have any experience with such or to traveling to destinations that are high in altitude like the´ Denver area? I am planning a fall trip and am wondering how to prepare. I have potassium hovering barely above the low norm...and have had problems with potassium once before. Does anyone know tghe physiology of why this happens and do you have to take potassium supplements? I will get these questions out there for whoever has input. I will for sure ask some more later!
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