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High Altitude (6000-8000ft) and CHD
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High Altitude (6000-8000ft) and CHD

Hello,

Our 7 year old son has had all 3 surgeries at UofM and also a pacemaker.  We currently live at 1000 ft above sea level and we are planning a vacation to Denver and the mountains this summer.  Will he react okay?  I understand some "normal" people do not react well to high altitude.  Does his CHD complicate this matter and if so is there anything we can do to help him such as bringing an oxygen tank with us?  Or, should he always avoid high altitude?
Thanks!!
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Dear Ghotts,

Unfortunately, I have no idea what kind of heart disease or operations your son had, since you don't tell me.  Therefore, it is difficult for me to advise you about anything.  I can say that pacemakers work at altitude without problems.
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