It is a fantastic feeling to climb a summit and look proudly at the panorama, that is spreading out. So that you do not lose track of your health during this challenge in nature, you should seek advice on altitude medicine in Munich in advance of your journey. The Altitude consultation in Munich deals with the health effects of staying at great heights.

High altitude counselling in Munich: How high is “high”?

Everyone is different and depending on their physical condition and weather conditions, a hill can sometimes feel like a mountain. But healthy and fit hikers should have no major complaints up to a height of 2,500 meters. Above this so-called “threshold height”, however, the organism adjusts itself. Above 2,500 meters, there is an acceleration of the breath and the pulse rate, as the body tries to compensate for the decreasing oxygen content of the air.

The body can only adapt to high altitudes to a limited extent

After a few hours, these symptoms disappear and other adjustments are triggered. At a height consultation in Munich, vacationers will find out what they should consider when, for example, it drives them on the Zugspitze (2,962 m). At extreme altitudes above 5,300 meters, the body can no longer fully acclimatize. Only a short stay is possible here.

Altitude Medicine in Munich: Symptoms of altitude sickness

The altitude sickness is composed of a variety of different symptoms. In addition to the increasing cold, the dry air and the significantly higher UV radiation, it is mainly the lack of oxygen (hypoxia), which sets limits with increasing levels of the efficiency of the human body. Endurance capacity decreases by about 10% per 1,000 meters of altitude. In exertion as well as during sleep, the blood oxygen content is additionally reduced.

Mountaineering from 2,500 meters only with solid condition

For an altitude trekking (2,500 – 5,500m) you should have a solid basic endurance, for a high- altitude mountaineering (5,000 and above) an excellent condition at the level of a well-trained athlete is necessary. An altitude medical examination in Munich makes sense here. In order to prevent the altitude sickness, you should prepare well for the rise and stay at high altitudes, starting with a sufficient training before going on vacation. At the Altitude consultation in Munich we will give you recommendations for a possibly useful specific training in an altitude training center in Munich.

Slowly gaining height with the right method

The height consultation in Munich is to find the optimal tactic for acclimatisation. Decisive factors are (in addition to walking pace, rate of increase, nutrition and fluid intake), the differences in sleeping heights (height differences from night to night) and the exact height profile. In the height consultation we go individually on your tour and analyze possible critical stages. Our high- altitude physicians explain to you, how to recognize that the body is acclimated to the respective height and by what symptoms a possible altitude sickness can be felt. You will receive written information about the symptoms and their assessment on site.

A sound heigh altitude advice in Munich saves health problems

There are constitutional factors that favor the occurrence of altitude sickness about which you should be informed. In special cases, it may be useful to take a medical “acclimatization aid”. We advise you on whether this is useful in your case or for the travel, booked by you.

If you are interested, please make an appointment for an altitude consulting in Munich. Here you will also receive detailed written information about altitude medicine. Please note that the height consultation and the associated examinations are not a service of the health insurance and the costs may have to be borne by yourself.

Cost of Altitude Consulting and related examinations in practice Dr. Frühwein & Partner

  • Height consultation (+ measurement of blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation in the blood) – 35,00 €
  • Pulmonary function examination (+ measurement of oxygen saturation in the blood) – 40,00 €
  • Ergometry (exercise ECG) – 40,00 €

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