Leadville Elevation 10,200 Feet

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High Altitude Sickness

Supplemental oxygen is known to alleviate these symptoms

Leadville is the highest incorporated city in the continental United States.  The scenery that surrounds our small town is truly spectacular.  People travel from all parts of the globe to view our mountains and take advantage of the recreational opportunities found at this elevation.  Our wide-open spaces are truly breathtaking.

Back in the olden days of Leadville, travelers faced various symptoms they could not explain.  Today, much research has been done regarding high altitude living and how it affects our bodies.

The percentage of oxygen at high altitude is similar to that of sea level, approximately 21%.  However, as a result of lower barometric pressure at high altitude, the partial pressure or driving force of oxygen into the lungs is greatly reduced.  This results in Hypoxia or reduced oxygen entering the lungs and is the cause of many of the effects of high altitude.

High Altitude Sickness (also known as Acute Mountain Sickness) may occur in an individual many times or only once, regardless of past high altitude exposures or physician condition (exceptions include illness or preexisting medical conditions).

Most travelers never encounter any problems.  Locals say 1 out of 6 people will have some sort of affect. The degree of illness is usually minimal however occasionally someone may have more intense symptoms.

Symptoms may include:  Headache, Nausea, Dizziness, Insomnia, Fatigue, Disorientation, Difficulty Breathing.

On rare occasions serious altitude issues may occur and should not be taken lightly.   
If symptoms do not diminish or appear to worsen, seek immediate medical attention.

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