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how to read fingertip pulse ox

A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Herring
16 years experience Anesthesiology
Pulse ox: This is a measure of oxygenated hemglobin done by light absorption devices.For people without lung disease a reading of 95% or greater is expected on ... Read More
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Dr. Christian Assad
13 years experience Cardiology
Normal: Normal pulse oximeter readings range from 95 to 100 percent
Dr. Harold Fields
60 years experience Family Medicine
Pulse: 94 to99 % are normal values

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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Braunstein
36 years experience General Surgery
Carbon monoxide : If you are exposed to carbon monoxide from wood stoves or other sources you can have a high level in your blood. Co binds tighter to hg than o2 so th ... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Machtinger
43 years experience Allergy and Immunology
97-99%: The same as for people without asthma - 97-99%.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Around 95%...: Between exacerbations, an asthmatic's pulse ox is normal since airway obstruction in asthma is reversible by definition. During an asthma exacerbation ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
No effect: Anemia has no effect on oxygen saturation, i.e. pulse oximeter readings. Brething room air at sea level, normal is about 95% or higher.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
47 years experience Cardiology
Get help: "real" breathing issues require a visit to md and not self diagnosis with pulse ox. Taking pulse ox frequently may be adding to your anxiety.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
44 years experience Dentistry
No: No and congrats on lifestyle changes. A sleep study is a diagnostic aid in helping to determine sleep apnea and if it is mild, moderate or severe. N ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Saturation: That saturation is in normal range.
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Irrelevant: Pulse oximetry isn't affected by myasthenia Gravis,
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joe Lee
Dr. Joe Lee answered
Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Pulse ox: The pulse ox reads the percentage of oxygen in the blood. A normal healthy person should have a pulse ox reading in the high 90's, like 98 or 99. It a ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Brown
Specializes in Pulmonology
96-100%: It can only be "too high" when you suffer from certain chronic pulmonary disorders. Otherwise 95-100% is perfectly normal.
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