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Please help docs! Is oxygen saturation the same things as oxygen uptake?

Please help docs! Is oxygen saturation the same things as oxygen uptake?

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 %. Oxygen uptake is the quantity of oxygen absobed/ consumed per unit time, usually in milliliters per min. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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How do I get my oxygen saturation level up?

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How do I get my oxygen saturation level up?

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 red cells to carry oxygen, the ability of the heart and blood vessels to deliver oxygen to tissues, and efficiency of organ to use oxygen, any problems affecting these can cause low saruration. Treating a disease, exercise, supplemental o2 may help. ...Read more

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Are oxygen saturation levels lower in the elderly?

Are oxygen saturation levels lower in the elderly?

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 saturation levels can be normal well into one's 80s or 90s. ...Read more

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Why can't I breath but my oxygen saturation level is good?

Why can't I breath but my oxygen saturation level is good?

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, pneumonia, asthma and other illnesses without a low o2 level. If you continue to have trouble, you should see a doctor for evaluation to figure out why this is happening. ...Read more

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What helps the body maintain a healthy oxygen saturation levels?

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 oxygen source, healthy alveoli with enough surface area, thin and healthy interstitial and blood vessel wall and normal and adequate blood cells and healthy consumption of o2. That is the balance. ...Read more

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What common medical conditions are associated with low oxygen saturation levels?

Lung & Heart Disease: Hypoxia (low oxygen saturations) are usually caused by lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asbestosis, pulmonary fibrosis, etc). Many heart conditions (especially congenital defects in the new born) may result in low oxygen saturation levels. Beware of false lows with pulse oximetry readingson cold hands, peripheral vascular disease or really callussed finger tips. ...Read more

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Is 98 percent oxygen saturation level for a smoker who has been smoking for19 years good?

Smoking and Oxygen: Yes. But the test is deceptive. It does not mean you do not have lung damage. It does not measure how much carbon dioxide you have or how many of your red blood cells are no longer available to carry oxygen. It just tells me that you are still young enough that you have some ability to maintain good oxygen levels despite the nineteen years of trying to damage your lungs. ...Read more

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How much does a low oxygen saturation level affect judgment?

Oxygen: A low oxygen saturation definitely affects judgment. Your brain is one of the organs that is heavily dependent on proper oxygenation. If you decrease the oxygen saturation, judgment may be impaired. ...Read more

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Could sepsis cause oxygen saturation levels to fall?

Could sepsis cause oxygen saturation levels to fall?

Yes: Some may need to be given oxygen as part of their treatment. ...Read more

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For blood oxygen saturation level - what is the fatal and normal range?

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. As the curve goes down to 75% about pao2 of 45, this nears the saturation in the veins where unloading of oxygen to the tissues including heart muscles becomes difficult and there will be eventual death as it gets lower than that. ...Read more

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With an av canal defect what is the normal? Oxygen saturation levels in an infant?

With an av canal defect what is the normal? Oxygen saturation levels in an infant?

Depends: Av canal defects are a cluster of seperate defects. The oxygen saturation would depend on which defect is present and to what degree. ...Read more

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Normal oxygen saturation level on pulse oximeter?

Normal for what?: At sea level at rest in a healthy person, between 95-99%, depending on the instrument. ...Read more

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What is the blood oxygen saturation levels are supposed to be after tetralogy of fallot?

What is the blood oxygen saturation levels are supposed to be after tetralogy of fallot?

Low: Pts with tetrology of fallot have shunting of blood so they will have low oxygen saturations. ...Read more

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Will panic normally cause sudden drop in oxygen saturation levels? With sudden pulse of 144, oximeter went from 95% to 83%. Is that a normal reaction?

Not normal!: I don't know of "normal" reactions to panic. But something was not right to have those vital sign extremes. See a doctor to for an exam and report those stats. A feeling of panic can be a symptom itself, especially if there was no environmental or pre-cursor emotional horror to cause it. If your cardio system is ok, get a referral to a psychotherapist w/ excellent anxiety-panic tx skills. Best wis. ...Read more

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Oxygen saturation level during heart attack?

Low: Blood circulation is not good during a heart attack which makes it hard for air exchange. ...Read more

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Does sepsis usually cause oxygen saturation levels to fall?

Does sepsis usually cause oxygen saturation levels to fall?

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 kidney function, as well as fluid resucitation can make matters worse. ...Read more

Dr. Alexander Bankov
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Oxygen Saturation (Definition)

Oxygen saturation is a measure of how much oxygen the blood is carrying as a percentage of the ...Read more