Posted by Merry Roloff
on June 18, 2000 at 18:22:06:
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
: 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.:
: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.