Medical Conditions Related To High Altitude

Expedition climbing and a great deal of other mountaineering takes you to altitudes where your body no longer feels at home. Every climber is affected to one degree or other by the reduced oxygen of higher elevations. It often causes acute mountain sickness, and it can lead to the life-threatening conditions of high altitude pulmonary edema and high altitude cerebral edema. Frostbite is another danger, though it's not limited to high altitudes. It's important to learn how to prevent these conditions, and how to recognize and treat them when they occur. This chapter offers some general guidelines on these maladies, but consult your first-aid book, specialized texts, or physicians familiar with mountaineering for detailed information.

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