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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Travel, oxygen

11/13/2008

Question:

i have copd and want to know why I need to use extra oxygen 24 hrs per day at 4000ft elavation but when I visit my family I don`t seem to need it at sea level.

Answer:

At higher elevation, the air is "thinner" and the oxygen molecules are not as abundant. Generally, all people have lower blood oxygen levels at altitude. In some individuals with COPD this means they need to go on supplemental oxygen.

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Response by:

Mahasti   Rittinger, RRT Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University