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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tony Su
Dr. Tony Su answered
32 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Several factors: Several factors determine oxygen saturation. These include the amount of oxygen you breathe, the ability of the lungs to extract oxygen, the amount of ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
21 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Not necessarily: As we age, it may get a little harder for the oxygen to get into the blood through your lungs. But, as long as you have healthy lungs, the oxygen satu ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Majzun
13 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Shortness of breath: ...Is caused by many abnormalities in the body, not simply low o2 levels. Some patients can have significant shortness of breath from copd, pneumon ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
33 years experience in Addiction Medicine
O2 goes into lung: Traverse the interstitial to the blood vessel wall to the blood cells goes to tissues and be delivered. Normal saturation therefore depends on the oxy ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregg Vagner
23 years experience in Hand Surgery
Close to 100: The closer to 100, the better. Most consider optimal above 92.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Varies: If the heart is still beating and the patients lungs haven't filled with edema, the saturation s can be normal near the heart... But if there is no fo ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
High is good.: Well you would anticipate 95 to 100% oxygen saturation for a young healthy adult. The lower the oxygen saturation the more concern.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
30 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Yes: Sepsis can cause acute lung injury (ali) and adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) which are both reactions of the lung to the toxins and cytokin ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
It can: Sepsis can cause acute inflammation and swelling in the lungs making it harder to breathe, and causing oxygen levels to drop. Compromised heart and ki ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
No.: This degree of iron deficiency would not be expected to cause symptoms.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Numaan Malik
17 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Oxygen Saturation: Red blood cells contain protein called Hemoglobin. Most of the oxygen in the body is attached to the hemoglobin. Oxygen saturation refers to proportio ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
It happends: Bronchiolitis causes a build up of secretions in the tiny airways and blocks transfer of oxygen into the tissues. It can and does cause a drop in bloo ... Read More
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
14 years experience in Internal Medicine
No: Just the electrical activity/conduction of the heart.
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Normal iron status: The serum iron test measures iron in blood. Iron is bound to proteins in blood (mainly transferrin), so the % sat is proportion of iron binding prote ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
33 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Oxygen sat curve: If you look at the p50 or oxygen saturation curve, anything above 90% is ok for the hemoglobin to unload as it gets into the tissues and supply them. ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Kusher
37 years experience in Holistic Medicine
Clarify?: Can you please clarify your question?
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Why do you ask?: This is almost certainly the right hematocrit for your body. No "pop" remedy is going to increase it; if you are seeking to raise it artificially for ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience in Pediatrics
NO: Hemochromatosis DX are : increase serum iron, increase serum ferritin, increase transferrin saturation and gene assay.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sanjay Agarwal
25 years experience in Pulmonology
No: In general, it does not. If it happens in your case, please seek help.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Neish
37 years experience in Pediatric Cardiology
It depends: If you live at sea level, and the pulse oximetry machine if functioning normally, your arterial oxygen saturation should be higher than 93%. If you ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Ester Kwok
31 years experience in Internal Medicine
Iron deficiency : One with the above numbers has iron deficiency anemia. C doc, who'll ask questions in order to narrow down causes, then probably refer you for endosco ... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience in Psychiatry
No: Hyperventilation causes carbon dioxide to decrease in your blood, though.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience in Family Medicine
Possibly: Possibly, if low enough for long enough.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Bankov
36 years experience in Anesthesiology
Not quite: Oxygen saturation reflects the proportion of red blood cell pigment - hemoglobin that is loaded ("saturated") with oxygen. It is unitless and shown as ... Read More
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