Friday, July 9, 2010
High altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) is a life-threatening form of non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema (fluid accumulation in the lungs) that occurs in otherwise healthy mountaineers at altitudes above 2,500 meters (8,200 ft). What makes some people susceptible to HAPE is not currently known. The standard and most important treatment is to descend to lower altitude as quickly as possible... so I withdrew from Hardrock and drove home. Now worries. Life is good.