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HAPE


HIGH ALTITUDE PULMONARY EDEMA (HAPE)
CAUSE PREVENTION SYMPTOMS TREATMENT

Rapidly ascending to high altitudes (2,400 meters or 8,000 feet)*.

Usually begins within the first 2-4 days after rapid ascent and generally appears during the second night of sleep at high or higher altitudes.

Fluid accumulation in the lungs.

Acclimatization.

Staged and/or graded ascent.

Sleeping at the lowest altitude possible.

Slow assumption of physical activity.

Protection from the cold.

Wheezing and coughing (possibly with pink sputum).

Gurgling sound in chest.

Difficulty breathing.

Coma.

Death may occur if rapid descent is not initiated.

Rapid evacuation/descent recommended.

Observe for the development of HACE.

Seek qualified medical assistance.

*HAPE, most often does not occur until above 3,500 meters (12,000 feet).
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