I have heart disease and a number of other medical problems, and I have had coronary bypass surgery. I take medicines for high blood pressure. My doctor tells me I shouldn’t even think of going to Khumbu to see Mount Everest, though it has been a lifelong dream of mine. Should I listen to him ?

The answer depends on the benefits that you will gain from attaining your goal, weighed against the increased risk of being in a place where full-service emergency care is not minutes away. The chance of dying from heart disease does not appear to increase at altitude. If you decide to go, find a doctor who can advise you in modifying your blood pressure drugs at altitude if necessary. Travel with a group that includes altitude savants.

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