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I have bronchiectasis and am moving to an altitude of 6800

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I have bronchiectasis and am moving to an altitude of 6800 feet in Colorado. Do I need to do special preparation? Precautions?
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Customer: I've had bronchiectasis for several years, following two bronchoscopies to remove aspirated substance. I use a nebulized twice a day with albuterol and ipratropium bromide. Sometimes I use Advair. I do well since I was diagnosed and received the treatments, though occasionally I get pneumonia. I am moving to Colorado, elevation 6800 feet, and i am concerned. I spent a week there and was plagued by shortness of breath and rapid heart rate upon exertion. Also resulting fatigue. Will I acclimate?
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Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  DrThomasMD replied 4 months ago.


You need to prepare if you live at sea level.

I would spend several days at 2 or 3 thousand feet, or longer, then move up.

And make sure you can rest the first week.

You should also have a doctor in your new location ready to assist you.

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