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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

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Hypoxia (Definition)

Hypoxia, is a condition in which the body as a whole or a region of the body is deprived of adequate oxygen supply. It is classified into 4 groups: - hypoxemic - oxygen is low - anemic - decreased ability for hemoglobin to carry oxygen. - ischemic - decreased blood flow. - histotoxic - oxygen is reaching the cells, but the cells are unable to ...Read more


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Does bronchiolitis cause low oxygen saturation?

Does bronchiolitis cause low oxygen saturation?

It happends: Bronchiolitis causes a build up of secretions in the tiny airways and blocks transfer of oxygen into the tissues. It can and does cause a drop in blood oxygen in many cases. ...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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Does asthma cause hypoxia? What is the oxygen saturation in people who have asthma?

Does asthma cause hypoxia? What is the oxygen saturation in people who have asthma?

It can: Asthma can reduce the area of the lung available for co2/oxygen exchange and can do so with variable intensity during an asthma attack. Given a normal o2 % of 94-100, I have seen levels below 50% recorded but patients are usually quite symptomatic below 90%. When an attack is passed and the patient relaxed, the levels return to normal with work of breathing decreased to normal. ...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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What damage does low oxygen saturation have on a childs brain?

What damage does low oxygen saturation have on a childs brain?

Depends on variables: Low saturations are a variable issue. In the womb, the baby draws oxygen from the mothers blood and during all of pregnancy, their oxygen saturation is below what we expect after their first hour of age. That said, when it is too low for the period, it forces the metabolism into a weaker method of supplying energy, starving brain cells of energy and could result in cell injury or permanent damage. ...Read more

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When I get warmer my oxygen saturation drops as low as 85 - 93% and is harder to raise. Why is this? (also become tired with headaches at rest)

When I get warmer my oxygen saturation drops as low as 85 - 93% and is harder to raise. Why is this? (also become tired with headaches at rest)

Since I don't have: ...any clinical information, I must give general info only. O2 saturation may drop at higher body temperature b/c the metabolic rate may also increase. This can, in theory, increase the demand for O2, causing a relative mismatch between O2 supply & O2 need. Fatigue & headache are common symptoms of a low oxygen level. Symptomatic hypoxemia requires medical evaluation & monitoring. Dr. Anne. ...Read more

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Does the low oxygen saturation experienced on a commercial flight have a negative effect on a baby's developing brain?

Does the low oxygen saturation experienced on a commercial flight have a negative effect on a baby's developing brain?

Heaven forbid!: Can you imagine the class action lawsuit on that? And what about anyone else with chronic lung disease? No worries. The cabins are pressurized and oxygenated. If that is disrupted, that masks pop down. Air travel is much safer than the highways. ...Read more

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What happens if I set a hyperbaric chamber to low oxygen saturation and used it would I still get altitude sickness?

What happens if I set a hyperbaric chamber to low oxygen saturation and used it would I still get altitude sickness?

Weird: Why do weird stuff? Altitude sickness is often prevented with diamox (acetazolamide). Hyperbaric chamber management should be entirely left to doctors. Do not selfexperiment with that stuff. ...Read more

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I'm 59 years old can low oxygen at night cause headaces that don't go away doing the day?

I'm 59 years old can low oxygen at night cause headaces that don't go away doing the day?

Check with your doc: Low oxygen shows there is a problem and your brain cells and heart cells are at risk. A sleep study is certainly useful to fix the problem. Check with your sleep doc asap. ...Read more

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Why when I get difficulties breathing or sob, yet my oxygen saturation is 99-98%. How and what could that be. What is the symptom of low oxg saturat

Dyspnea: Shortness of breath is largely unrelated to oxygen levels, except when very low. Work of breathing causes dyspnea (shortness of breath) and can occur with normal oxygen levels. When oxygen levels become very low dyspnea can occur. ...Read more

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How much can a low venous oxygen saturation affect judgement?

Depends: Low oxygen levels can affect someone's judgment and arousal. But, this is variable between people. I have met plenty of people with very low oxygen levels and can act and feel fine.

So, there is no general rule about that... ...Read more

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Can anxiety attacks cause oxygen saturation to drop?

Can anxiety attacks cause oxygen saturation to drop?

Potentially: If you have COPD or severe asthma and your ability to get enough air is already compromised, then yes, panic attacks can cause oxygen saturation to drop by hyperventilation and shallow breathing, but generally not meaningfully if otherwise in good health. ...Read more

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Is an oxygen saturation of 69% when sleeping dangerously low?

Yes: 69% saturation is quite low. Does the patient stop breathing at night (sleep apnea)? Do they have copd? Asthma or other lung disease?
These questions need to be answered. The primary care physician should be consulted and a sleep study ordered. ...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

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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


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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