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Swimming Induced Pulmonary Edema (SIPE)

posted February 20, 2008 @ 7:31 PM  |  Health and Nutrition category

I've never heard of this condition. As an asthmatic, I can't help but to wonder how many of us out there that may suffer from SIPE, either in addition to or exclusive of chronic (or exercise induced) asthma.

~Written by: Katherine "Kat" Calder-Becker and Charles "Trey" C. Miller, III, Ph.D.

via Slowtwitch.com: [Editor's note: What follows was born of a thread on our reader forum. Information sharing is a good thing, and often helps those with questions locate those with answers. Five real life, first-person stories are told below, interspersed with the best current information on SIPE. Thanks to our two authors, both practicing triathletes, both SIPE-stricken while racing. "Kat" gathered the chronicles. "Trey" explains the condition.]

KAT writes: The first time this happened to me was at the Mooseman half-Ironman race in June 2007. I began experiencing shortness of breath at 750m into the swim. I felt tightness in my chest - almost like an asthma attack, or that my wetsuit was too tight. Then, fluid began to build in my lungs and I developed a slight cough. I ended up doing the 'backstroke' for the last 750m of the swim in order to get to shore. I tried to keep racing and pushed through the complete bike leg, then had to stop at the beginning of the run as I was completely unable to get oxygen and was wheezing. That was 4 hours and 17 minutes into the event. I ended up in an ambulance on oxygen, and was released on site once my breathing improved.

Read on at Slowtwitch.com

Provided by Christine Bange, thanks!


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