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How does sleep apnea affect arterial blood gas?

How does sleep apnea affect arterial blood gas?

Can temporarily lower 02: When someone is having apnea they stop breathing and this can cause a decrease in the blood oxygen and an increase in the blood carbon dioxide. Once they start breathing again usually this corrects itself fairly quickly. ...Read more

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Dr. Shari Jackson
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


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In a person with sleep apnea, what causes the rises and falls in oxygen saturation of arterial blood during sleep?

In a person with sleep apnea, what causes the rises and falls in oxygen saturation of arterial blood during sleep?

Sleep apnea: Sleep apnea is defined as stopping breathing for 10 seconds. During that time, the body is not getting any oxygen. In addition , there can be instances that last less than 10 seconds, or where a less than adequate effort to breath is attempted. These also reduce the oxygen intake. ...Read more

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How does smoking affect arterial blood gas results?

How does smoking affect arterial blood gas results?

Measure CO level: An arterial blood gas measures the blood pH (normal 7.40), po2 (partial pressure of oxygen), pco2, partial pressure of co2 and the bicarbonate level is calculated. Smoking increases carboxyhemoglobin level with carbon monoxide binding to the hemoglobin displacing oxygen. The po2 is unaffected by carbon monoxide but the hemoglobin delivers carbon monoxide (a poison) to tissues instead of oxygen. ...Read more

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Arterial blood gas question? Do they stick you for it?

Yes: As the name implies, an arterial blood gas is when they check your gas levels (oxygen and carbon dioxide) from the blood in your arteries. Therefore, you must be stuck with a needle in your artery (usually the radial artery for an adult). The only time you wouldn't be stuck for it is if you already have a special IV line (arterial line) in place - but then you're most likely in the icu. ...Read more

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Does getting an arterial blood gas hurt much?

Does getting an arterial blood gas hurt much?

A bit: Arteries are more muscular than veins and have a higher pressure inside. The arterial stick is not much different than a venous blood draw but it has to be held with pressure plus have a pressure dressing afterward. ...Read more

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What ia an ?Arterial blood gas exam?

What ia an ?Arterial blood gas exam?

Blood oxygen test.: An abg is a test that measures the oxygen tension, carbon dioxide, and acidity (ph) of blood taken from an artery. It is used to determine how well the blood is being oxygenated and how well gas exchange is occuring. This information is vital when caring for patients with critical illness or respiratory disease. ...Read more

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How can I explain arterial blood gas?

How can I explain arterial blood gas?

Blood Gases: I am not sure what context you are asking about. The questions is very ambiguous. What specifically prompts this question? But, blood gases tell the medical team how well the oxygen and carbon dioxide balance is being maintained in the body. It can tell how the fragile balance of being acidic or basic is in a sick person. It is used in many instances in the hospital with very ill patients. ...Read more

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What are they looking for in a arterial blood gas?

What are they looking for in a arterial blood gas?

O2/CO2 exchange: Abg is used for two purposes: 1) how your lungs are handling the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide 2) the acid/base metabolism affected by breathing and various metabolic disturbances (eg., diabetic coma, toxic ingestion of substances, sepsis). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: arterial blood gas?

What is the definition or description of: arterial blood gas?

Blood test: It's a blood test where blood is drawn from your artery (and not the vein where it's usually taken from). It is done to evaluate the amount of oxygen, carbon dioxide, acid and several other parameters in the blood. ...Read more

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Arterial blood gas, what is this?

Arterial blood gas, what is this?

Mearsurment: THe sampling of blood from an artery gives the tester a clue as to how much oxygen your cells are carrying, the level of Co2 to see if respiration and acid base balance is in check. ABG is often performed during asthma to see the pulmonary status and whn one is on a ventilatr to breathe. It can ensure the ventilator is producing enough ventialtion ...Read more

Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

Apnea is a symptom in which a person stops breathing for a period of time (about 10-20 seconds) and then starts breathing again. Babies can get apnea from some types of infections. Adults can have sleep apnea, often related to loud snoring and some ...Read more


Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Sleep Apnea (Definition)

Literally it is stopping breathing during sleep. There are 2 main types. Obstructive the most common. Central the less common. When people speak about sleep apnea they usually refer to obstructive where you cannot breathe due to ...Read more