Sometimes called “Mountain Sickness,” altitude sickness is a group of symptoms that can strike if you walk or climb to a higher elevation, or altitude, too quickly.
Why It Happens
The pressure of the air that surrounds you is called barometric pressure.
When you go to higher altitudes, this pressure drops;
Air expands by "20% for each 5,000 ft elevation" and since the air is larger you can fit LESS
in your lungs every time you breate, REALLY, you have to breathe 20% more to get the equal oxygen at sea-level.
If you live in a place that’s located at a moderately high altitude, you disregard mentally and fool yourself that you get used to the air pressure. Go ahead, call it acclimation or
fitness. There are countless sut
You really adjust your habits around less rigorous activities, place the subtle symtoms of hypoxia into that place that your mom said to
Just shake it off and ignore the minor symptoms. You are tough and should not complain about slow metabolism, mild weakness, the tendancy to loose interest in things
and focus clearly.
But if you travel to a place at a higher altitude than you’re used to, your body will need time to adjust to the change
Any time you go above 8,000 feet, you can be at risk for altitude sickness.
FYI: Flying - Planes pressurize to 8,000ft altitude while aloft!😥
There are different kinds of altitude sickness:
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is
the mildest form and it’s very common. The symptoms can feel like a hangover – dizziness, headache, muscle aches, nausea.
High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) is a buildup of fluid in the lungs that can be very dangerous
and even life threatening.