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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Altitude Effects of COPD



my mother has recently moved to the mountains from a lower altittude and is in end stage of copd could this be speeding up the onset of the progression of this disease?


No, this would not speed up the progression of her disease. However, her oxygen requirement might be affected and she may need more oxygen at the higher altitude.

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Mahasti   Rittinger, RRT Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University