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Health & Diving
Decompression Sickness

Decompression Sickness

Contributing Factors Intro

"A number of factors contribute to your individual susceptibility to DCS and can even alter your susceptibility from day to day."

The most significant risk factor is your exposure profile — that is, the time, depth and ascent rate of your dives. Some degree of exposure intensity is required to initiate a decompression insult, regardless of the presence of other predisposing factors.

There are a host of factors, however, that can play a role in your outcome if you experience an exposure sufficient to make DCS a possibility. Several common risk factors are outlined in this chapter.
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