Respiratory System

Respiration and Breathing

Why is it more difficult to breathe at high altitudes?

It is difficult to breathe at high altitudes because there is less oxygen available in the atmosphere. If the concentration of oxygen in the alveoli drops, the amount of oxygen in the blood drops. At altitudes of 9,843 feet (3,000 meters) or more, people often feel lightheaded, especially if they are exercising and placing extra demands on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.


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