Document Detail

After-effects of a high altitude expedition on blood.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9187971     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of the study was to investigate blood alterations caused by altitude acclimatization which last more than few days after return and might play a role for exercise performance at sea level. Measurements were performed in 12 mountaineers before, during and either 7/8 or 11/12 days after a Himalaya expedition (26-29 days at 4900 to 7600 m altitude). [Erythropoietin] rose only temporarily at altitude (max. +11 +/- 1 [SE] mu/ml serum). After return hemoglobin mass (initially 881 +/- 44 g, CO-Hb method) was increased by 14% (p < 0.01); aspartate aminotransferase activity in erythrocytes (initially 682 +/- 25 U/l) was augmented (day 7: +964 +/- 152 U/l, day 11: +533 +/- 107 U/l) indicating reduced mean cell age. Calculated blood volume (+14%) was influenced by red cell formation at altitude but also by plasma expansion at sea level. The half saturation pressure for Hb-O2 (pH 7.4, 37 degrees C) as well as the 2.3-diphosphoglycerate concentration were already initially high (32.1 +/- 0.5 mmHg, 20.5 +/- 0.7 mumol/g Hb) and showed only a nonsignificant tendency to increase after return. Also Hill's n was consistently high in the mountaineers, whereas the Bohr coefficients were slightly increased only after descent. Probably the preparatory physical training, partly in the Alps, and the stay in the Himalaya influenced O2-affinity for a prolonged time. The adaptations might reduce the loss of physical performance capacity at altitude and be part of altitude training effects.
D Böning; N Maassen; F Jochum; J Steinacker; A Halder; A Thomas; W Schmidt; G Noé; B Kubanek
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of sports medicine     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0172-4622     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Sports Med     Publication Date:  1997 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-07-24     Completed Date:  1997-07-24     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8008349     Medline TA:  Int J Sports Med     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  179-85     Citation Subset:  IM    
Dept. Sports and Exercise Physiology, Medical School Hannover, Germany.
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms
Acid-Base Equilibrium / physiology
Analysis of Variance
Blood Volume / physiology*
Erythrocyte Indices / physiology*
Hemoglobins / physiology*
Mountaineering / physiology*
Oxygen / metabolism
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Hemoglobins; 7782-44-7/Oxygen

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Previous Document:  Effect of fluid ingestion on orthostatic responses following acute exercise.
Next Document:  No evidence of oxidative stress after a triathlon race in highly trained competitors.