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what happens when blood oxygen levels are too low

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Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
Brain damage: Lack of oxygen rich blood for too long can cause serious brain injury.

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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
Mold elimination: Mold elimination with bleach solution and a service to eliminate mold in your home is advised. It is important to wash linens in hot water and a HEPA ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hashmat Rajput
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Low oxygen: Our body tissues needs constant supply of oxygen to perform optimally. If it gets too low then the tissues especially kidney, heart and brain would h ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience 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 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hashmat Rajput
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Oxygen: Shortness of breath happens because of low oxygen blood level. The rbcs have low level oxygen and effect the kidney , heart and brain tissues functi ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
You die: Miserably. Forgive my frankness. Think about being so short of breath that walking across a room feels like a fat person trying to run a marathon. Plu ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Blood pressure: Too high pressure causes heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. Too low pressure can cause these and other problems. Something like an electric d ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
27 years experience Pediatrics
Counter regulation : When blood sugar drops, adrenalin, cortisol, growth hormone, glucagon, and other hormones kick in to increase blood sugar from body stores. Particula ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
15 years experience Internal Medicine
Elevated ferritin: Elevated ferritin can be caused by a lot of things. It's an acute phase reactant which means the levels increase with inflammation from other disease ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Curtis Simmons
27 years experience Family Medicine
At risk for bleeding: Platelets are the cells in your blood line to help your blood to clot. When they are low, you may bruise easy and it may take longer for bleeding to s ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hashmat Rajput
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Low oxygen: How low is too low? At 55% and low loss of consciousness and cardiopulmonary failure.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
27 years experience Pediatrics
Multifactorial: No one knows exactly what causes type 2 dm, but obesity seems to trigger this in people who are genetically susceptible. Some are inherently Insulin ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Contreras
17 years experience Surgical Oncology
Diabetes: Chronically high blood glucose is the cause of diabetes.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Weisman
35 years experience Neurology
Stroke: Among other things you could have brain injury from either. Fainting from low BP results in falling. Avoid confined spaces like phone booths. One cann ... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Very harmful: Can hurt all organs of your body, your heart, eyes, kidneys, blood vessels and end up with heart attacks, strokes, blindness, kidney failure and loss ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
53 years experience Neurosurgery
Depends on blood flo: Pressure is the moving force getting blood to a body part including the brain. What counts is not the pressure but the quality and quantity of the blo ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
27 years experience Pediatrics
Low Brain Bloodsugar: Glucose is the main source of fuel for the brain (with the exception of ketones). When blood sugar drops, the brain is deprived of its essential fuel ... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jane Van Dis
17 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: It depends on what your levels are. The range of normal for someone who hasn't gone through menopause is 15-350/400. A higher Estradiol number could ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
For how long?: For the most part, high blood pressure for a short time, days to months won't make too much of an effect, which is why it's referred to as the silent ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chu
Dr. James Chu answered
24 years experience Endocrinology
Hypoglycemia symptom: The most common cause of low blood sugar or glucose is from use of diabetes medication --insulin or sulfonylurea. When blood glucose is <60 mg/dl (thr ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details: Fatigue is the most common sign. If your anemia is mild, you may have no symptoms.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Black
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Maybe iron deficient: Low iron saturation could indicate an overall iron deficiency, but there are other blood tests that need to be done to determine this. Most common cau ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Follow it up: Especially, ask your physician whether you have beta thalassemia minor. It's common and a non-problem, but it's worth knowing since if you marry someo ... Read More
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