Real-Time Electrocardiogram Transmission from Mount Everest during Continued Ascent

Wei Fong Kao, Jyh How Huang, Terry B J Kuo, Po Lun Chang, Wen Chen Chang, Kuo Hung Chan, Wen Hsiung Liu, Shih Hao Wang, Tzu Yao Su, Hsiu chen Chiang, Jin Jong Chen

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Abstract

The feasibility of a real-time electrocardiogram (ECG) transmission via satellite phone from Mount Everest to determine a climber's suitability for continued ascent was examined. Four Taiwanese climbers were enrolled in the 2009 Mount Everest summit program. Physiological measurements were taken at base camp (5300 m), camp 2 (6400 m), camp 3 (7100 m), and camp 4 (7950 m) 1 hour after arrival and following a 10 minute rest period. A total of 3 out of 4 climbers were able to summit Mount Everest successfully. Overall, ECG and global positioning system (GPS) coordinates of climbers were transmitted in real-time via satellite phone successfully from base camp, camp 2, camp 3, and camp 4. At each camp, Resting Heart Rate (RHR) was transmitted and recorded: base camp (54-113 bpm), camp 2 (94-130 bpm), camp 3 (98-115 bpm), and camp 4 (93-111 bpm). Real-time ECG and GPS coordinate transmission via satellite phone is feasible for climbers on Mount Everest. Real-time RHR data can be used to evaluate a climber's physiological capacity to continue an ascent and to summit.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere66579
JournalPLoS One
Volume8
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 20 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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    Kao, W. F., Huang, J. H., Kuo, T. B. J., Chang, P. L., Chang, W. C., Chan, K. H., Liu, W. H., Wang, S. H., Su, T. Y., Chiang, H. C., & Chen, J. J. (2013). Real-Time Electrocardiogram Transmission from Mount Everest during Continued Ascent. PLoS One, 8(6), [e66579]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0066579