Thursday, March 21, 2013

Article Assignment #1

The High Stakes of Altitude Sickness
By: Matt Colautti

Rating: ****

The High Stakes of Altitude Sickness is a very informative article that talks about the risks to the human body when climbing to high altitudes. The article starts with the story of the fourth canadian woman to climb Mount. Everest. Less than 8 hours after summiting the mountain, she was dead due to exhaustion and altitude sickness.

This article informs readers of different illnesses that can be associated with climbing to high altitudes; Some of these illnesses include Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High-Altitude Cerebral Edema (HADE) and High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). These illnesses can lead to headaches, nausea and lack of appetite, and are not ideal when you are high in the mountains. It is explained what all of these illnesses are, how they can be developed and what can be done to treat them.

Overall I found this article really interesting and informative because I have never heard of any of these illnesses and the impact that higher altitudes can have on the human body. 

Briana Day

Colautti, M. (2013,Spring). The High Stakes of Altitude Sickness. Adventura, 14-15.

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