We’ve talked about a lot of important
things in this particular lecture.
After this lecture, now you
should be able to understand
how increases in barometric pressure
such as things that are associated with
breath hold-diving affect the physiology.
You should be able to identify the
major physiological responses
to decreases in barometric pressure
both on acute and chronic levels.
And finally, we went to the
pathophysiology of altitude illnesses
such as acute mountain sickness,
high altitude cerebral edema, and
high altitude pulmonary edema.
And hopefully, you’ve garnered a
couple of important issues with that.
One is gradual ascension,
is very important.
And if the person is having problems,
really the only way to fix this
is to get them down to a
lower barometric pressure.