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Sign displays "Caution! Your are at 17586 ft (5360 m)" "Altitude sickness—also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, "the altitude bends", or soroche—is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 2,400 metres (8,000 feet).[1][2] It presents as a collection of nonspecific symptoms, acquired at high altitude or in low air pressure, resembling a case…

At 2am on day 4 of the #Climb4Valor, the Tusker guides heard coughing. The climber was suffering from High Altitude Pulmonary Edema, a potentially fatal condition. Teaming up with Ripcord Travel Protection, Tusker stabilized the climber and evacuated him to safety. Read the full story: http://www.ripcordtravelprotection.com/kili-evac-022015/

At 2am on day 4 of the #Climb4Valor, the Tusker guides heard coughing. The climber was suffering from High Altitude Pulmonary Edema, a potentially fatal condition. Teaming up with Ripcord Travel Protection, Tusker stabilized the climber and evacuated him to safety.

Altitude sickness is serious and even deadly. Know the three different forms, their symptoms and what to do. There are actually three forms of altitude sickness, acute mountain sickness (AMS), which is the most common form, high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE), which involves fluid accumulation in the lungs and high altitude cerebral edema (HACE), which is a swelling of the brain. HAPE and HACE can both be life threatening and need immediate attention.

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Children with DS often have medical problems such as chronic pulmonary hypertension, frequent infections, and pulmonary vascular overperfusion and injury from existing or previous cardiac defects. These problems all may be viewed as risk factors for HAPE (high-altitude pulmonary edema) and thus result in the rapid development of HAPE at low altitudes. Care should be taken when traveling to even moderate altitudes with children with DS.