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Old 12-31-2006, 05:48 PM
 
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Wink Heart issues and altitude

Happy New Year. We're looking to relocate to the Colorado Springs area for the next school year. (I work in education.) One of the factors we need to consider is that our 23 year old son with Down syndrome has an artifical mitral valve along with some other heart anomolies. Everyone says stay with the lower elevations but there must be quite a few people that deal with cardiac issues and do well. We're trying to walk carefully and don't want to put our son in a compromised position. The other area we're considering is Grand Junction with the lower elevation. If anyone has any experience and perspective on a direction we might want to pursue we'd sure appreciate hearing from you. Thanks! Laura
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Old 01-04-2007, 05:45 AM
 
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My daughter had surgery for Tetrology of Falot and lived in the springs for the five years we were there. She was an active energetic little girl the whole time there. Of course, talk to your doctor, but many people find the Springs a great place to live to increase their health. The city was originally intended for just such a purpose--a resort community and TB sanitarium. I know in the ninties one report came out claiming that the Front Range had the lowest occurences of heart disease, because of all the activities and ample sunshine available. You see people joggin, biking and walking everywhere. You can't throw a stick without hitting one!
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Old 02-11-2008, 11:45 PM
 
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Do you hear of many people having trouble getting acclimatized to the altitude?
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Old 02-12-2008, 05:18 AM
 
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someitmes, it depends on the person. My ex wife, who was from Connectcuit, got severe altitude sickness when we went to the summit of Pikes Peak. Others, it doesn't affect at all, either way, it only takes about a week to acclimate to the altitude.
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Old 12-21-2009, 03:49 PM
 
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I would not move here. I have lived here 24 years and have had nothing but chronic health problems. The lack of oxygen puts a huge strain on the heart and entire body. Don't let any of the outdoors nuts who will never say anything negative about CO convince you otherwise. Stay at sea level.
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Woodland Park, CO
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I live at 8500' and work at 9800' 5 days a week. Done this for 2 years now. No issues with me.

Only people I see that have issues are: 1. Smokers 2. People with asthma 3. Obese people 4. Sometimes older people with weak lungs but probably from lots of smoking back in the day.

I don't work out and not in 'great shape'. I'm probably 5-10lbs overweight.
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Laura,

Most people who have been here any length of time would probably say that the body gets used to the altitude within a few months. When I moved here from VA, it took a few months for me to feel normal. I was out of breath every time I climbed a flight of stairs. I went to the AF Academy and did some grocery shopping and had to leave the cart in the aisle and leave the store because I was so dizzy. Once I got "down" from there, I felt fine. I had just left the active military and was in pretty good shape......in Virginia :-)

People move here from all over and they're not necessarily the picture of perfect health upon arrival. There are thousands of military people moving in and out of the area year 'round. They have spouses and kids of all different ages, with all different types of conditions and they seem to adapt very well.

Still, others would say...stay away.
My best friend's parents moved to Denver a few years ago to be closer to their son. Shortly after moving to Denver, his father developed severe O2 problems......seems he couldn't get enough oxygen into his blood. He had to use a roll-around oxygen tank everywhere he went. Within a year, his folks had to move....they live in Arizona now and his dad is just fine.

I don't know that too many folks would be able to say with any certainty whether the altitude would or would not affect your child one way or the other. What you need is medical advice. Visit a local specialist and have your child examined upon arrival and see what the doctor has to say.

You will get 20 different opinions on this issue every single time. The bottom line is........ everyone is different and will be affected in different ways.
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Old 12-22-2009, 09:47 AM
 
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I have had basically 0 issues except for occasional lip and skin dryness, and a portable humidifier easily remedies that. HOWEVER, I am not yet 40 years of age and I am in excellent physical condition, so the altitude has had very little impact on me since I've become fully acclimated (which took over 6 months, BTW). Normally I would just advise you to eat well and stay active and you'll be fine, but obviously in your case you have some outstanding considerations to take into account regarding your son's condition. Obviously, you'll want to do what's best for him (and the rest of your family) but in this case it is really hard to say what that is. What does your doctor say? If she/he does not advise you against it, then you might give it a try. On the other hand, if things are going reasonably well where you're at now, you might not want to make and drastic changes. Just my $.02. I'm sure you'll d the right thing in the end.
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Old 12-22-2009, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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C'mon guys, the OP asked this question almost three years ago, and the thread was dead for almost two years. I'm sure she's made her decision by now.
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Old 12-22-2009, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Gee...don't I feel stupid now. Tks Bob.
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