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COPD and living at higher altitued
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COPD and living at higher altitued

My parents both suffer from COPD. Mom is on 3 liters of oxygen and Dad is on 2. They live in Carlsbad, NM, at an elevation of 3,300 feet. Because of declining health we need to move them to Denver, CO, elevation 5,280 so they can be closer to family. What effect will the increase in altitude have on their COPD and on their general health?
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Moving to Denver from an altitude of 3300 feet will most likely result in the need for a slight increase in the flow rate of their supplemental oxygen, perhaps 1 L/M each.  It should have no appreciable direct effect on their COPD, the rate of decline in their pulmonary function or their general health.  

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