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High BP and skiing

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I recently got out of the hospital and being diagnosed with high blood pressure. All this is new and confusing to me as I had never been diagnosed before, and I'm only 31.
Anyway, I was wondering if changes in altitude could affect BP in the body significantly enough to cause serious problems? I mean like riding the lift (ascending rapidly) and descending quickly etc.
post #2 of 10
Brokedown:

Wish I could answer your question...

I'd suggest sending a PM to dp. David is a physician and did a great presentation on adaptation to altitude at ESA in January.
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks C, I'll do that.
post #4 of 10
BP, one thing which could raise your Blood Pressure is cold.
As such, usually doc advice against staying too long in cold weather...
Also, taking too fast lifts could lead to problems, as you say.
post #5 of 10
Don't forget to check WHY you have high BP....

You may well be able to get it down by adjusting lifestyle.... Less salt... more exercise... less bodyweight... meditation/relaxation etc will all affect BP....

Also you now have 1 definite risk factor for heart disease/stroke/kidney disease etc.... check you have no others - if you do & they are controllable (eg elevated cholesterol or weight) then try to control ... you can't fix a bad family history - but you can control the other stuff...
post #6 of 10
All too true disski.
post #7 of 10
I ski 80 days a year, at many different resorts and altitudes. Some times I am at an area that is 8k FT at the base and 11,500 at the summit for as many as 8 days and sometimes in the teens and 80 MPH winds!

I was also diagnosed with high BP this year after a treadmill/Ultrasound test. I take Diovan which is an ACE inhibitor and have had no problems whatsoever. I also sometimes hike at 7k FT to our backcountry.

Keep in mind the ideal blood pressure level was recently lowered from the old standards. The Dr. wants to keep mine around 155/70.
post #8 of 10
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The Dr. wants to keep mine around 155/70.
I thought the line is 140/90. Why 155/70?
post #9 of 10
level varies depending on other risks
post #10 of 10
Yepp, yesterday mine was 85/55...today 100/60 BPM 70...
I must keep BP as low as possible, as per the doc instruction.
I take Enapren 5, 5 mg per day, which, according to my GP is nothing more than a placebo...Still
I wonder, are they using some kind of "golden nut" on me?
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