Originally Posted by Gatormom
Hello, I have a friend who is deciding she & hubby can't retire to Colorado Springs, although they both love it there, because she recently went on meds for high BP. She is absolutely convinced that high ALTITUDE can exacerbate high BP! What reading could I send her way that would prove or disprove this belief?? They are ruling out a place they truly want to live due to this - - and I feel it could be completely false.
Hello, I have found in the old version of Health board a comment related to your question. See below.
In Reply to: Re: High Blood Pressure and Altitude posted by Glenda Emanuel on
January 05, 2000 at 20:32:00:
: : I have had high blood pressure for about two years -border line but have been on
medication and it has been under control. I have since moved to the mountanis and
my blood pressure has gone up. Has anyone else experienced higher blood
pressure at higher elevations. We are at about 7000ft.
: : Thanks for the info
1: Last summer several friends planned to accompany me to a family cabin in the
Colorado Rockies. When one of our group mentioned the trip to her doctor during a
routine check up, she was advised not to go because she has high blood pressure
and would be putting herself at risk. The cabin sits at about 10,000 ft. A second
member of the group, hearing of the first, checked with her doctor about her own
blood pressure problems, and was also advised not to make the trip. When I told
my parents of the two that had dropped out, they related stories of two of the
Colorado "locals" they knew who had lived all their lives in the area and had been
forced to move to lower elevations due to high blood pressure. It would seem that
elevation DOES exacerbate high blood pressure problems and you should consult
your doctor soon to see if your health is being put at risk by the higher elevation at
which you're currently living. Please don't delay getting a medical consultation.:
2:I saw your post and I also have high blood pressure due to the altitude. I grew up
at sea level in Florida. In 1993 my husband and I moved to Denver. All was well. In
1995 we moved to the mountains, about 8500 ft. At the time I did not realize my
blood pressure was going up. Just recently my doctor informed me that it was due
to the altitude and put me on medication. I am currently living at 9250 Ft. My blood
pressure is coming down slowly with medication.