The dangers of altitude sickness
The risks of not receiving enough oxygen at great heights
Mountain climbers scaling any high peak and skiers in high-altitude locations are susceptible to what's known as altitude sickness, or acute mountain sickness—the negative health effect of high altitude, caused by rapid exposure to low amounts of oxygen at high elevation. The risks associated with the condition should never be underestimated. In extreme cases, it can become a medical emergency if ignored. But what exactly are the dangers associated with altitude sickness, and how can it be avoided?
Click through this gallery for a brief explanation of this sometimes misunderstood hazard. And remember to always seek expert medical advice before embarking on any high-altitude expedition.
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