Effect of high altitude on blood pressure

Q: I recently moved from about 100 feet above sea level to 6500 feet above. Will this affect my blood pressure?

A: Until your body adjusts to a higher altitude by increasing blood oxygen carrying capacity, your heart will have to work harder. This can temporarily affect your blood pressure. High altitude is usually defined as starting at 8000 feet above sea level. At 6500 feet, this will be less of a problem.

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