Altitude Sickness Quiz

Take the Altitude Sickness Quiz

Looking down on the great view from a mountaintop can take your breath away. That shortness of breath is often more than just an awestruck reaction to the sights. It can be a symptom of altitude sickness. This is an illness that can strike hikers, mountain climbers, skiers, and anyone who hits the 8,000-foot mark on a mountain. Learn more about this condition by taking this true-false quiz.

1. Altitude sickness is also called mountain sickness.
2. If you live close to sea level, you are more likely to feel the effects of high altitude when visiting high places.
3. Altitude sickness occurs because a person on a mountain is so much closer to the sun than at sea level.
4. In severe cases of altitude sickness, fluid collects in the lungs and the brain swells.
5. If you notice mild symptoms of altitude sickness, it's fine to keep on climbing.
6. People with severe emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease shouldn't travel to high elevations.

Online Medical Reviewer: Barry Zingman MD

Online Medical Reviewer: Ronald Karlin MD

Online Medical Reviewer: L Renee Watson MSN RN

Date Last Reviewed: 11/1/2020

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