THE EFFECT OF DECREASED BAROMETRIC PRESSURE ON OXYGEN CONSUMPTION
SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE MEDICINE BROOKS AFB TX
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There have been conflicting reports in the literature concerning the effect of decreased barometric pressure on oxygen consumption. Some reports citing the resting oxygen consumption of 8 healthy men was measured at ground level, at 18,000 feet pressure altitude, and at 30,000 feet pressure altitude. There was no change in oxygen consumption with change in pressure altitude. The findings were discussed from three aspects 1 the work of breathing at low barometric pressures 2 the methodology for measuring oxygen consumption and 3 a possible decreased nitrogen effect.
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