"A lot of the time an X-ray isn't going to show anything," said Ebert-Santos, explaining why pulmonologists aren't willing to agree to the diagnosis without more hard proof. "When you see this number of cases, it's a clinical diagnosis. I don't need to X-ray them; I know all they need is oxygen."
"Symptoms of altitude sickness include: difficulty sleeping, dizziness or light-headedness, fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, rapid heart rate and shortness of breath with exertion."
""Except for during the mining heyday, fewer than a couple thousand people lived in Summit County until the ski industry boomed about 40 years ago. Now, more than 50,000 Coloradans live at high altitude, he said, and people here will need at least hundreds of years to genetically adapt."
"Ebert-Santos, who worked as a pediatrician on a tropical Pacific island for 20 years, said she knows pneumonia well and thinks many of those cases are not pneumonia. The kids have low oxygen levels, but they're not as sick as normal children with pneumonia, she said, and "their x-rays are not very impressive.""
"High Country residents could be more susceptible than flat-landers to a potentially deadly illness associated with quick travel to high elevation, doctors say."
"One of his first surprises in Summit was when he discovered that as many as 10 of his geriatric patients had been misdiagnosed with Alzheimer's. More than half of them were simply not getting enough oxygen as they slept and were suffering from cognitive impairments as a result."
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