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Mountaineering guidelines for people going to altitude heights above 7000 feet with pre existing health conditions such as heart conditions diabetes and cancer A handy glossary and easy to read tables covering symptoms and signs altitude illness and high altitude drugs Case studies of real situations and a uestion and answer section help readers better understand general issues about altitude and its effects and This edition of Altitude Illnessprovides the latest information on prevention and treatment of altitude illness from preparing for altitude to recognizing and treating the symptoms of acute mountain sickness including high altitude pulmonary and cerebral edemas Suited for both novice and seasoned hikers climbers trekkers and skiers Altitude Illness 2nd Ed also includes an updated examination of how altitude interacts with certain drugs a new section on using the web to find information about altitude illness and much

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  1. says:

    I picked this book up after my third and most recent trek at high altitude On each trek I felt the altitude at some point along the trail but the most troubling and persistent issue for me has been sleep disruption—what I learned in the book was called periodic breathing That was one of several useful lessons I learned from this book Altitude illness is an odd affliction There’s a clear logic to what is happening inside your body There’s a lack of sufficient oxygen to get said oxygen distributed throughout your body by way of your body’s business as usual operations Homeostasis is out of whack and the body does a number of things at once to rectify the problem Because of this in practice the ailment is actually a range of disparate illnesses that can seem to act in an arbitrary manner Different people feel altitude in different ways Some have no problems if they acclimate a few days but others hit a ceiling beyond which they can’t travel no matter what One’s level of fitness has little to do with how well on acclimatizes For some like myself it can be a nuisance but for others it can turn into a threat to survival in a flash This book is a concise introduction to altitude illness that covers acclimatization adaptation ch 1 the various forms of altitude illness ch 2 prevention ch 3 diagnosis ch 4 treatment ch 5 the effects of altitude given common preexisting conditions ch6 and a guide to preparing for a high altitude jaunt ch7 In addition to the chapters mentioned above there are two final chapters that make for nice features Chapter 8 presents case studies of various true instances of altitude afflictions The cases not only make for interesting reading but also may help one connect the dots as to what is happening with oneself or someone in one’s party The last chapter is a freuently asked uestions FA collection that helps to summarize and restate issues addressed in the main chapters The FA may also help one find needed information uickly rather than having to flip through the entire book while someone is having trouble There are some graphics in the book Most of the graphics are photos of high or extreme elevation environments—and mostly the latter fyi The book calls 12000 – 18000 feet 3660m to 5490m high altitude and over 18000ft 5490m is extreme altitude There are also several tables and a line drawing or two There’s a short bibliographic section that is nicely divided into two sections one for health care professionals and the other for lay readers I found this guide to be useful and well presented It’s well organized concise and easy to navigate bullet points are freuently used to good effect This is the kind of book that is meant to help you get to the information you need uickly There’s not a lot of use of the narrative approach beyond the case study chapter and a few anecdotes in the chapters to liven the discussion I don’t mean to make is sound dry but it’s a book with a purpose and that purpose isn’t entertainment The lack of extraneous information and the keeping of blocks of text small is a good idea for this kind of guide Having said all that it’s uite readable by a layman Jargon is explained and there is a glossary There are only a few medical terms—eg edema fluid build up ataxia incoordination and syncope faintingthat one needs to be concerned with repeatedly If you will be traveling at altitude and remember that may not be high or extreme elevations some people have problems at as low as 6000ft 1800m I’d highly recommend this book I’d further recommend one re read it on subseuent high elevation travels It’s a short book and is broken up into tight subsections

  2. says:

    Altitude illness is the body‘s reaction to being at extreme altitudes Pretty much anything over 8000 feet The air is thinner and it’s harder to breathe This book discusses what high altitude illness is how to diagnose it and what to do about it It is written for the lay person and for the medical professional The book is easy to understand It explains the symptomology a high altitude illness It gives information on drugs for the treatment of high altitude illness It pays little attention to exercise or preparation for high altitude Apparently exercise and physical fitness does not prevent altitude sicknessThere is a section on preparing for being at high altitude under specific situations and has case studies of People who have been on specific mountains I found these case studies really informative The basic message is lose weight and talk with your doctor if you have diabetes or a heart conditionI am planning on going to the Nepal for vacation I know that is at about 11000 feet high I’ve been to La Paz Bolivia which is at 12000 feet I was in my 30’s and great deal lighter I’m much older now and need to prepare myself for the journey ahead The author includes a glossary and an index There are several tables that are handy for checking on symptoms and giving advice to treat high altitude sickness Overall I thought the book was a good first step for investigating this topic

  3. says:

    Well worth reading for any propective mountaineer as well as those looking to climb to higher altitudes

  4. says:

    Very informative in advance of a Kilimanjaro climb

  5. says:

    This is a must read if you are a mountaineer It gives great insights into altitude sickness and how to look for it