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High altitude running
Hi! I'm planning to do a half marathon (21k) in September in laddakh. Thats the highest marathon, altitude wise, in the world. I have done quite a few in Bangalore and chennai, and have not encountered any health problems along with. I really want to know that, are there any tests I need to go th. Before I signup for this. I don't know my current medical profiles, but don't also suffer from any problem as I know. Please direct me, if I need to undergo any specific tests, and if yes, please state the tests. Thanks.
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Dr. Anil Kumar Jain
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Hello There. I can understand your concern and firstly would like to wish you all the very best for the upcoming marathon. at high altitudes, the higher you go, the oxygen concentration falls and that can cause some risks as while you would be running, you would need a continuous supply of oxygen. kindly consult a pulmonologist and get yourself checked out by him so that you know you are fit lung wise. he only will suggest you what tests you need to get done. pulmonary function test is one basic test that will be required. practice, meditation, yoga and pranayama they do help a lot. best regards, Dr. Anil kumar jain
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Hello .. In high altitude oxygen concentration decreases and person will become hypoxic... Soldiers themselves find it difficult to adjust to high altitude ... You should be there at high altitude for few months to get acclimatise to that environment , also you should consider cold climate ... Get pulmonary function test for now..
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