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At what level of o2 is it important for me to go to the hospital if I have copd?

At what level of o2 is it important for me to go to the hospital if I have copd?

clinical symptoms: Worsening signs and symptoms extremely short of breath, using accessory muscles of respiration, wheezing, smothering sensation in the chest, rapid respirations, or very shallow braething. These are more important than o2 saturation. Less than 88% is generally considered low in a COPD patient. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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My husband has copd and is at a 88-90 with oxygen. He can't get in to see the doctor until Wednesday. Should he go to hospital now?

My husband has copd and is at a 88-90 with oxygen. He can't get in to see the doctor until Wednesday. Should he go to hospital now?

That depends: Feeling more short of breath, struggling to breathe, or new chest pain are all reasons to get an emergency evaluation at the hospital. He can also talk to a doctor from home via live video consult on HealthTap for further advice on whether immediate visit is needed. https://www.healthtap.com/ask_doctors ...Read more

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I have COPD and sleep apnea. I did a over night at home sleep test. Checking my SpO2 with a Pulse Ox on my finger and my levels is at 84-90 awake. Should I be concerned, should I go to the hospital?

I have COPD and sleep apnea. I did a over night at home sleep test. Checking my SpO2 with a  Pulse Ox on my finger and my levels is at 84-90 awake. Should I be concerned, should I go to the hospital?

Since you're typing: this question from your home computer and not from the cargo end of an ambulance then, my instinct tells me you can stay at home..for now.. since you've likely had those numbers LONG BEFORE the little red light glowed on the end of your finger. Nonetheless, not stellar numbers to be sure. Why do you have COPD? Is there anything you can do with your lifestyle that can improve things? ...Read more

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I have copd. Lately I've noticed .y oxygen level El is 97-98 when exercising exercising. Before it used to go down to 95-96. Can you improve it?

Your oxygen level-: -is driven by your pulmonary function. As you age, it is not uncommon 2 have this. If of great concern & you are not a smoker, see your internist, you may be referred to a pulmonary specialist for pulmonary function testing. ...Read more

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I have copd. What can cause me to have a great oxygen level when lying still, but have it go down when active? More active i am, the lower it goes.

I have copd. What can cause me to have a great oxygen level when lying still, but have it go down when active? More active i am, the lower it goes.

Activity: In some patients with copd, the lungs can't supply enough oxygen to keep the oxygen level (saturation) normal. This may happen with activity when the body starts to use up its oxygen supply. If you rest, you can catch up and get back to normal. However, you may need oxygen at this point. There are specific criteria to qualify, so talk to your family doctor or lung specialist. ...Read more

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Would o2 levels be normal on a stress test if someone had copd?

Would o2 levels be normal on a stress test if someone had copd?

COPD and stress test: It depends on the "severity" of your copd. Some people are obstructed but have no problem with their oxygen level. You cannot rule out COPD or emphysema just based on a stress test. You can say that if you had copd, it is not that severe since your oxygen remained normal. To rule out copd, one has to undergo pft or pulmonary function tests which would let us know if your airways are obstructed. ...Read more

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At what level is low blood oxygen harmful for children with copd?

At what level is low blood oxygen harmful for children with copd?

See below: Children usually don't have copd, this is a disease of the adult. Children may have congenital lung diseases but the physiology of those is not the same as copd. Blood oxygen levels less than 90% are generally not desired. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have copd. How would being a co retainer effect my oxygen level readings?

I have copd. How would being a co retainer effect my oxygen level readings?

Variable.: The carbon dioxide levels don't necessarily have a direct effect on oxygen levels. The severity of the underlying COPD has more of an effect on the carbon dioxide and oxygen levels. ...Read more

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Most people with copd, have a higher oxygen level when sitting. Why is mine 95-96 when sitting an gets up to 97-98 when active. Theirs gets lower .

Most people with copd, have a higher oxygen level when sitting. Why is mine 95-96 when sitting an gets up to 97-98 when active. Theirs gets lower .

COPD O2 saturation: COPD patients not a uniform group Those with a decreased number of operational blood vessels in the lung will decrease the O2 saturation when they move because they have less O2 to give to the body tissues and the deceased sat.reflects this. You are in a group that does not have this problem. Your Sat.is up because you take deeper breaths when you move and bring in blood vessels not used at rest. ...Read more

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His oxygen level at 92 but has severe COPD. Is it safe to add oxygen now? Very out of breath all the time.

His oxygen level at 92 but has severe COPD. Is it safe to add oxygen now? Very out of breath all the time.

A VERY GOOD: QUESTION!! At a certain point in severe COPD the low Oxygen level is the ONLY stimulus to BREATHING ( the addition of Oxygen can result in apnea (lack of breathing and ultimately DEATH!) Therefore usually the supplemental tank will not contain PURE Oxygen! His PULMONOLOGIST is the person who should deal with this issue!! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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If your oxygen level drops too low, could that cause a non epileptic seizure. Also, if you have severe COPD would exercise lower your oxygen level.

If your oxygen level drops too low, could that cause a non epileptic seizure. Also, if you have severe COPD would exercise lower your oxygen level.

Yes and yes: A very low oxygen tension can make people have seizure like activity or unconsciousness depending on the response of the cells of circuitry in your brain. The cells can become irritable and have more discharges. People with COPD are exercised to see if they need o2 as oxygenation can drop with activity depending on the severity of disease. ...Read more

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I have copd, was put on oxygen due to a bad cold and low oxygen levels. Why am i short of breath while on this oxygen? It's set at 2.

I have copd, was put on oxygen due to a bad cold and low oxygen levels. Why am i short of breath while on this oxygen? It's set at 2.

Several Factors: Your shortness of breath can be due to inadequate oxygen getting into your blood. This is a function of gas exchange. It might be manageable by increasing your oxygen, but you should check with your doctor first. Sometimes increasing the oxygen can actually make you breathe in and out less, resulting in the retention of carbon dioxide - which is bad. Good luck and feel free to ask more. ...Read more

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What are the treatment options fo stage 3 copd?My oxygen saturation levels are between 92 & 98, what causes my shortenss of breath even though I have "normal" oxygen levels?

Shortness of breath.: Your shortness of breath could be caused by an increase work of breathing. Because of the COPD, you may be working harder in order to achieve a normal oxygen level. You sense this increased work of breathing as shortness of breath. Also, if your oxygen level decreases with activity, this may lead to shortness of breath and requires oxygen therapy. A 6 minute walk test may help in diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is 96 to 98% oxygen levels good I've stopped smoking 10 weeks now is this ok or signs of lung damage and COPD ?

Is 96 to 98% oxygen levels good I've stopped smoking 10 weeks now is this ok or signs of lung damage and COPD ?

Normal.: Anything around 95% or above is normal. 92% can be acceptable for certain disease states, such as copd. To evaluate your lung you'll need to undergo a pulmonary function test (pft), which will help the physician determine if your lungs are functioning within an acceptable range. Discuss with your pcp. ...Read more

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On pulseoxeter my oxygen level is between 95-98 I have stopped smoking have COPD new diagnosed are these levels good even though I've lung damage ?

On pulseoxeter my oxygen level is between 95-98 I have stopped smoking have COPD new diagnosed are these levels good even though I've lung damage ?

Ok: Great that you stopped smoking. Encourage others to avoid smoking and copd. You will be ok at 95 on room air but likely short of breath with exercize. Over time you may stabilize or improve a bit. ...Read more

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What should the O2 saturation be for a CO2 level of 33? My mom has COPD, CHF, Asthma, Afib. She has an O2machine at home. Is 5% too high?

What should the O2 saturation be for a CO2 level of 33? My mom has COPD, CHF, Asthma, Afib.  She has an O2machine at home.  Is 5% too high?

Does not compute.: Your mother's situation is complex & I can't make sense of your question since the O2 saturation measures oxyhemoglobin & CO2 measures carbon dioxide pressure. (They can be unrelated). 5% O2 saturation is TOO LOW - not compatible with life - for arterial blood. Do you mean 5 LPM on the O2 tank? Use HealthTap Prime or TTYD to get correct answers, because there's no way to answer using 400 character ...Read more

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I have COPD for the last 10 years and was looking over some paper work from the hospital, and my question is what is leukocytosis and the meaning.

White blood cells: Leukocytosis is an elevated white blood cell count. This is common during an illness but given that you have copd, the steroids you take can also cause the WBC count to elevate. This is not dangerous as long as your doctor is aware. ...Read more

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What is the first treatment in the hospital for people with COPD who can't breathe?

What is the first treatment in the hospital for people with COPD who can't breathe?

O2, medications: O2 most often 2l/min, breathing treatments with albuterol and atrovent (ipratropium) and intravenous soumedrol and in some cases antibiotics. We may have to do chest x-rays to rule out pneumonia. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more