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Experts give free high-altitude health talk in Breckenridge

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IF YOU GO

What: “Growing Up and Growing Old in the High Country,” a high altitude community talk featuring the latest discoveries, diagnoses and treatments of altitude-related health issues.

When: Thursday, Sept. 25. Health experts will offer health screenings from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and three doctors will share knowledge from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. followed by a Q&A.

Where: The DoubleTree by Hilton in Breckenridge.

Call 970-668-9755 to RSVP. Refreshments will be served, and free childcare will be provided.

Ever wonder what living at high altitude does to your body? Have you thought about what you could be doing to stay healthy at high altitudes?

Altitude affects everyone differently, and altitude-related health issues can affect anyone regardless of age, physical condition or time spent above 9,000 feet.

This Thursday, Sept. 25, St. Anthony Summit Medical Center and the Summit Medical Center Health Foundation will present “Growing Up and Growing Old in the High Country,” a high-altitude community talk featuring the latest discoveries, diagnoses and treatments of altitude-related health issues.

The free community event will be held in Breckenridge at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

Health and wellness experts and information will be available from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for blood pressure and pulse oximetry checks as well as Body Mass Index screenings. The speaker talks are from 7 to 8 p.m. followed by a Q&A.

Light refreshments will be served before the talks, and free childcare will be provided with dinner at the Mountain Top Children’s Museum at 605 S. Park Ave. from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

The year’s talk will appeal to the medical community, expecting parents, parents of young children, as well as seniors. Topics and speakers include:

Sleep Disordered Breathing: Screening, Assessment and Diagnosis — Dr. Erik Swenson, professor at the University of Washington Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Swenson’s expertise includes adult respiratory distress syndrome, altitude sickness, pulmonary hypertension and respiratory acidosis.

Unique considerations and diagnoses in children living at 9,000 feet and above — Dr. Chris Ebert-Santos, pediatrician and owner of Ebert Family Clinic in Frisco. Ebert-Santos is an attending pediatric physician at St. Anthony Summit Medical Center who has written on the topic of high altitude pulmonary edema.

Cardiology Considerations at High Altitude — Dr. Warren Johnson, cardiologist at Summit Cardiology/St. Anthony Summit Medical Center. A Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Johnson was an interventional cardiologist at the Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City before starting his high altitude practice in Summit County.


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