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Old 09-25-2018, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by coschristi View Post
Our elevation is harder on the cardiac system in general because our bodies have less oxygen to work with & fresh oxygen is delivered to our organs by our circulating blood. Our cardiac systems work harder to maximize oxygen delivery. Specifically for stroke:

One risk factor (for elevation-related cardiac stress) that should be mentioned more are anemias. A healthy red blood cell is shaped like an inflated tire & the outside coating of the cell is “sticky” for oxygen to attach to. If you don’t have enough red blood cells or your cells are malformed (sickle-cell & Microcytic Anemia), the body works that much harder to compensate for loss of surface area/oxygen carrying capacity.

Thanks for all the replies. I will definitely need to look into this elevation factor further. My cancer treatments have made me quite anemic and my wife's Lupus has manifested as a severe coagulation issue along with high blood pressure. What a drag it is getting old
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Old 09-25-2018, 10:25 AM
Location: Colorado Springs
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Originally Posted by DrDog View Post
how is elevation related to strokes?
In my case I had about 6 months of very high and erratic blood pressure when I first moved here. And my doctor said it was due to the change in elevation.

And, according the Mayo Clinic, "Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to stroke by damaging and weakening your brain's blood vessels, causing them to narrow, rupture or leak. High blood pressure can also cause blood clots to form in the arteries leading to your brain, blocking blood flow and potentially causing a stroke."

And I'm not alone, I know several other people who had similar experiences, as well as those who had only a minor or short-termed reaction.
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Old 09-25-2018, 08:05 PM
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Sounds like there are people who live here that would be better off at sea level
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