Pulmonary hypertension may be common in high altitude residents

Summit County cardiologist Warren Johnson is impressed by the numbers of people with elevated pressures in their lungs. “It could be as high as 30 per cent of adults,” he told local physicians gathered at a presentation this week. Symptoms are subtle: decreased exercise tolerance, mild shortness of breath, trouble sleeping, high red blood cell counts. Most people just think they are out of condition or aging.

A study in SpitiValley India of residents living at 9000-13000 ft found an incidence of three per cent with PH.  Dr Johnson suspects this is a highly adapted population with centuries of mountain living.

Diagnosing this condition early with Echocardiogram can prevent serious disability.  Treatment is as simple as sleeping on oxygen

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