My wife an I have been told for at least the past 5 years that there will be a study assessing the effects of High Altitude on people living here. We both did an Echogram with Dr. Lemis about 5 years ago, along with an overnight oximetry test. The Echogram showed my wife was just barely on the side of having Pulmonary Hipertension, and her overnight oximetry was low, so Dr. Lemis suggested she sleep with oxygen. She’s been sleeping with oxygen when we’re here in Summit County (which is most of the year), and it would be interesting to see if her numbers have changed, or at least it’s staying constant. My numbers were borderline so I do sleep with oxygen most of the time just for the hell of it. I figure it can’t hurt me.
I think we would be prime specimens for whatever study might take place, as we have lived here in Summit County since 1978 (for me) and 1983 (my wife), and as I said, other than vacations, live here full time.
Please let me know if there is indeed a study going on or one planning to get started, and if you would like us to participate.
Dan & Barb Corwin
Dan, thank you so much for sharing about your experience with altitude up here. We are still conducting our overnight oximetry study. Call our clinic at (970) 668-1616 to get on the list. We will contact you as soon as we have pulse oximeters available so we can pass them to you and your wife for a night. It does require that you aren’t on oxygen that night, however.
In any case, I would love to schedule an interview with you to ask you more about your lifestyle between altitude and lower elevation. I wonder, for instance, if there are symptoms or challenges you face repeatedly, traveling between here and lower elevations. If you are interested in a 20 to 30 minute phone call or interview over coffee, please pass your contact information to our front desk at the clinic.
In the meantime, we will also be sharing a Doc Talk article featuring Dr. Lemis in the coming weeks.