Altitude, high
Altitude sickness occurs at high altitude. So what is high altitude? Altitude is defined on the following scale: {{}}High altitude: 8,000 - 12,000 feet (2,438 - 3,658 meters); Very high altitude: 12,000 - 18,000 feet (3,658 - 5,487 meters); and Extremely high altitude: 18,000+ feet (5,500+ meters). Most people can go up to 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) with minimal effects. If you have been at that altitude before and had no problems, you can probably return to that altitude without problems if (and only if) you are properly acclimatized. If you have not been to high altitude before, caution is strongly recommended. No specific factors such as age, sex, or physical condition are known to correlate with the susceptibility to altitude sickness. Some people are simply more susceptible than others. There is no telling, so caution is the better part of wisdom.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • High altitude cooking — is the opposite of pressure cooking in that the boiling point of water will be lower at higher altitudes due to the decreased air pressure. This lower temperature results in a lowered boiling point of water and may require an increase in cooking… …   Wikipedia

  • Altitude — For other uses, see Altitude (disambiguation). Not to be confused with Attitude. Altitude or height is defined based on the context in which it is used (aviation, geometry, geographical survey, sport, and more). As a general definition, altitude… …   Wikipedia

  • high-level — adjective 1. at an elevated level in rank or importance a high level official a high level corporate briefing upper level management • Syn: ↑high ranking, ↑upper level • Similar to: ↑superior …   Useful english dictionary

  • high-altitude — adjective occurring at or from a relative high altitude high level bombing • Syn: ↑high level • Similar to: ↑high …   Useful english dictionary

  • high-level — /huy lev euhl/, adj. 1. undertaken by or composed of participants having a high status: a high level meeting; a high level investigation. 2. having senior authority or high status: high level personnel. 3. (of a programming language) based on a… …   Universalium

  • high-grown — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ adjective 1. : grown tall 2. : covered with tall vegetation a high grown slope 3. of coffee : grown at a high altitude * * * highˈ grown adjective (Shakespeare) Covered with a high growth • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • High altitude pulmonary edema — (HAPE) is a life threatening form of non cardiogenic pulmonary edema that occurs in otherwise healthy mountaineers at altitudes above 2,500 meters (8,200 feet). Some cases however have been reported also at lower altitudes (between 1500 and 2500… …   Wikipedia

  • High altitude nuclear explosion — High altitude nuclear explosions have historically been nuclear explosions which take place above altitudes of 50 km, still inside the Earth s atmosphere. Such explosions have been tests of nuclear weapons, used to determine the effects of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Altitude training — traditionally referred to as altitude camp, is the practice by some endurance athletes of training for several weeks at high altitude, preferably over 2,500 m (8,000 ft) above sea level, though more commonly at a lower altitude due to the lack of …   Wikipedia

  • High altitude — are regions on the Earth s surface (or in its atmosphere) that are high above mean sea level. The composition and temperature of the atmosphere at high altitude is substantially different than at sea level. These differences can affect living… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”