Author: Carmen Houck
As someone who grew up in Colorado, altitude has always been a hot topic of conversation. From people coming to visit and mentioning how they tire quickly to experiencing the difficulty to breathe while climbing 14ers (14,000+ foot peaks), it is a topic that came up
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frequently among friends and family. As I got older and started learning more about how the body works, I started seeing the science and rationale behind all those conversations I had growing up. For most people, high altitude just means it’s harder to breathe, but why?
Author: Christi LeMunyon
What is different when you’re at altitude compared to sea level?
Oxygen is an essential molecule for the human body to carry out its normal function. When we breath in, oxygen can enter our lungs and make its way into our circulating blood system through gas exchange between alveoli, small air filled sacs in the lungs, and capillaries, or small blood vessels. When the oxygen enters our blood, it binds to hemoglobin, or the oxygen carrying molecule of red blood cells. These red blood cells travel through our circulatory system and deliver the oxygen to working tissues.
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