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Im a 74 year old man, I had open heart surgery (4 bypasses)

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I'm a 74 year old man, I had open heart surgery (4 bypasses) 5 years ago; I'm planning a trip to Machu Pichu (Peru) altitude 13200' what is your opinion?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
How's your cardiac and pulmonary function now? Have you been in high altitude areas in the states before?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
cardiac and pulmonary funtion are fine, I 've been in high altitudes long time ago.
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
Then there should be no problem other than the normal ones that anyone not used to that elevation may have with fatigue and relative shortness of breath with exertion. Naturally you should ask your cardiologist about this, but I think he'll give you his blessing to go and enjoy the journey.

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