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Normal Oxygen Levels Using A Pulse Oximeter
Is it normal for my oxygen levels to fall From 99 to 91 when walking/ exercising with pulse oximeter?
Not Normal: Usually a persons O2 sat should increase or stay same w mild-mod exercise. Do U have HX of smoking or asthma? Even so, UR fall in O2 sat is rather signif. Maybe sat meter not work prop when walking. Way to test: check UR pulse manually w wrist & watch w UR meter. If unsure a Cardiologist/Pulmon can place U on Treadmill & obtain O2 sat. UR finding suggest lung prob. I know not any other HX. See MD.
If someone is having a heart attack. Would the pulse oximeter show an oxygen sat level below normal range?
Not necessarily: If the heart attack is huge, the heart will not pump effectively and blood will not circulate normally, causing a low oxygen saturation. More commonly, the heart attack will be smaller and the heart will continue to pump effectively enough to get blood to the lungs and then to the body, keeping the oxygen saturation normal.See 1 more doctor answer
My mum has a oxygen concentration less than 70 using a pulse oximeter. She has been on oxygen therapy (3.5)for a year. But now it is still dropping.?
I have asthma and a pulse oximeter. I use it to check when I get an asthma attack. What Spo2 is normal? So I know when to go to the ER. I am 25.
When it gets worse: I agree with Dr Grieve that pulse oximetry is useless in monitoring asthma. The rule of thumb is symptoms. If you are waking up at night from asthma more than 2x/wk, using your rescue inhaler nearly daily, or the breathing is getting progressive worse, you need to see your doctor. Lung function monitoring helps but the readings do not always correlate with severity of your asthma.See 2 more doctor answers
Pulse oximeter reading is 97 oxy sat. Resting HR 56-68. Freq pvcs. When I feel the pvc, I notice HR on the oximeter is 56-60. Normal? Also on period.
Normal: Your readings are normal. The heart rate reading when you have extra beats isn't accurate.
Pulse oximeter: Try freecycle in your area. Advertise in paper Ask Dr office to tell you if someone using one dies can you get dibs. Doctor humor here! But try it. Thrift shop American Lung Society. Ask your kids/grandkids/friends to give you one for your birthday so you will be here for your next one.
If pulse oximeter is giving reading of 93% and goes back up to 97-99% quickly should I be alarmed? Or is it possible that the reading is false.
Need more informatio: As to why you are checking pulse oximetry regularly. A low pulsox of 93-94% may mean brief episodes of apnea, but until those become apparent and hypoxic (O2 sat
If finger: Is pale under the meter, it is too tight
Pulse was 87 on finger pulse oximeter. Sneezed and it jumped to 131 for over a minute. What causes this? Freaking out!!!!!
Why are u checking?: Why are you checking a pulse ox? I see that your past history is anxiety depression related with other medications. Assuming you've had a good physical by a doc with normal heart exam, there is no reason to be checking yourself at home. What are you most worried about? Treatment should exclude perseverating on obscure home collected data as this, and include frequent counseling 4 coping skillsSee 2 more doctor answers
It feels hard to take a breath almost as if a weight on my chest but pulse oximeter said 98% what would cause this?
Raynaud's: Spasm in the digital arterioles will show flat plethysmographic signals for low blood flow but the oximetry reading may be normal. Oxymetry shows oxygenation. Plethysmography shows blood flow. Raynaud's also shows a characteristic anacrotic notch on PPG testing. Keep me updated once you get the arterial Doppler and plethysmography.
Non-definitive test: If you have sleep apnea severe enough to significantly lower you blood oxygen level, a pulse oximeter will record how low and how long your oxygen level decreases. It will not detect early cases, which can be screened with a simple questionnaire called "stop-bang" which has a scoring system to assess the risk of true sleep apnea.See 2 more doctor answers
Methodology...: Try comparing the readings of both fingers. Then compare the readings of both toes. I'm thinking there is calibration issue that is optimal on the finger.See 1 more doctor answer
In the throws of a racing heartstrings (185–220 pulse oximeter) what should be done to stop it from beating so fast? Er visit or wait it out?
ER if prolonged: You can try some bagel maneuvers (bearing down, submerging your head in a bucket of cold water), but if the heart racing continues for more than 30 sec or is associated with shortness of breath, chest pain or passing out, go to er immediately (don't drive - have someone or ems take you).See 1 more doctor answer
I have a pulse/oximeter and its happend twice where it won't pick up my pulse what's that about? Also my hands are cold early am and at night?
Very common: It is a common problem. Measurement depends on measuring the intensity of reflected light shone on the capillary. If the fingers are cold (weak pulse) it is possible there is a difficulty picking the signal. Likewise poor circulation due to arterial disease, raynaud's phenomenon, nail polish are some of the other reasons why the machine won't pick up a signal. Try changing the position.
I bought a pulse oximeter and not sure what my pulse& Spo2 should be so I can better monitor any more possible Pe's? Save trips to ER. Ty Xeralto20mg
If u r on Xarelto: U shud be followed closely by ur doc. If U think u may be having another PE U shud not depend only on ur pulse ox reading, but shud be seen STAT. To answer ur question. Normal pulse is usually in the 60-80 range, with pulse ox reading over 95. There r other causes for < O2 sats & > pulse, which is y u shud be seen for med evaluation 4 Sx or other abnormalities.
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