• By Joel Streed

Mayo Clinic Goes To Mt. Everest to Help Heart Patients at Home

March 22, 2012

It's the highest mountain in the world and it’s also a natural laboratory for studying heart disease, lung problems, muscle loss, sleeping disorders and new medical technologies. 

Mount Everest’s extreme altitude puts climbers under the same conditions experienced by patients suffering from heart disease, obesity or advanced age. To take advantage of that, Mayo Clinic researchers are joining an expedition to Everest with National Geographic, The North Face and Montana State University. The Mayo group will monitor up to nine climbers from base camp for the duration of the climb, which will run from mid-April to mid-May.        

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Expert Title:  Bruce Johnson, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic Physiologist  

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