Altitude and blood flow

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Post by koneall » 1 year ago

I've lived in Wyoming for 35 years around 7000 feet above sea level. I've donated blood every three to four months for the entire time I've lived here. No reason other than hoping blood could help someone. I was diagnosed with MS in late June. Confirmed by multiple MRIs. I had an attack of vertigo, three days later I was fine and no problems since. I wonder if chronic phlebotomy coupled with altitude is why I haven't had more signs. Also I'm a long distance runner. Quit counting marathons when I passed #50 and switched to ultras 5 years ago. My wife thinks the exercise is why I've been symptom-free.


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Post by 1eye » 1 year ago

Changes in air pressure are much more likely to affect venous blood pressure, which is low to start with. If the problem occurs because the venous pressure inside the skull is high, then higher altitudes may relieve it, because the pressure will be lower. Cabin pressures inside an airplane may be higher or lower than one atmosphere, so your mileage may vary.

Arterial blood pressure is much higher, measured using inches of mercury, much heavier than inches of water, which venous blood pressure uses.
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Post by theskyking » 1 year ago

I'm just trying to decide whether living at 6500 feet my whole life, has HELPED or HURT my health and neurological issues.

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Post by ThisIsMA » 1 year ago

Hi Theskyking,

I don't know the answer to your question and I'm not a medical professional, but if higher elevation makes blood thicker (as someone said earlier in this thread) and if CCSVI is real, and if a person has CCSVI, then it seems like living at lower elevation might be helpful since thinner blood might flow better through narrow veins....

I'm just guessing though...

I visited this thread because I was idly thinking about the possibility of moving to a higher elevation to get away from summer heat without having short winter days.
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