Physiology in medicine

Acute altitude exposure in patients with pulmonary and cardiovascular disease

Leigh M. Seccombe*, Matthew J. Peters

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Abstract

    Travel is more affordable and improved high-altitude airports, railways, and roads allow rapid access to altitude destinations without acclimatization. The physiology of exposure to altitude has been extensively described in healthy individuals; however, there is a paucity of data pertaining to those who have reduced reserve. This Physiology in Medicine article discusses the physiological considerations relevant to the safe travel to altitude and by commercial aircraft in patients with pulmonary and/or cardiac disease.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)478-485
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Applied Physiology
    Volume116
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2014

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