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

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as 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 for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...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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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


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