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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

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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How do I get my oxygen saturation level up?

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How do I get my oxygen saturation level up?

Several factors: Several factors determine oxygen saturation. These include the amount of oxygen you breathe, the ability of the lungs to extract oxygen, the amount of red cells to carry oxygen, the ability of the heart and blood vessels to deliver oxygen to tissues, and efficiency of organ to use oxygen, any problems affecting these can cause low saruration. Treating a disease, exercise, supplemental o2 may help. ...Read more

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Are oxygen saturation levels lower in the elderly?

Are oxygen saturation levels lower in the elderly?

Not necessarily: As we age, it may get a little harder for the oxygen to get into the blood through your lungs. But, as long as you have healthy lungs, the oxygen saturation levels can be normal well into one's 80s or 90s. ...Read more

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Why can't i breath but my oxygen saturation level is good?

Why can't i breath but my oxygen saturation level is good?

Shortness of breath: ...Is caused by many abnormalities in the body, not simply low o2 levels. Some patients can have significant shortness of breath from copd, pneumonia, asthma and other illnesses without a low o2 level. If you continue to have trouble, you should see a doctor for evaluation to figure out why this is happening. ...Read more

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What helps the body maintain a healthy oxygen saturation levels?

O2 goes into lung: Traverse the interstitial to the blood vessel wall to the blood cells goes to tissues and be delivered. Normal saturation therefore depends on the oxygen source, healthy alveoli with enough surface area, thin and healthy interstitial and blood vessel wall and normal and adequate blood cells and healthy consumption of o2. That is the balance. ...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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Is 98 percent oxygen saturation level for a smoker who has been smoking for19 years good?

Smoking and Oxygen: Yes. But the test is deceptive. It does not mean you do not have lung damage. It does not measure how much carbon dioxide you have or how many of your red blood cells are no longer available to carry oxygen. It just tells me that you are still young enough that you have some ability to maintain good oxygen levels despite the nineteen years of trying to damage your lungs. ...Read more

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How much does a low oxygen saturation level affect judgment?

How much does a low oxygen saturation level affect judgment?

Depends how low: Down to about 80% there isn't much effect at all at least for short periods of time. Longer periods weeks to months can have cognitive effects. Below 80% saturation there can be clear effects on judgment even for brief periods. The lower the saturation the bigger the effect. ...Read more

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For blood oxygen saturation level - what is the fatal and normal range?

For blood oxygen saturation level - what is the fatal and normal range?

Oxygen sat curve: If you look at the p50 or oxygen saturation curve, anything above 90% is ok for the hemoglobin to unload as it gets into the tissues and supply them. As the curve goes down to 75% about pao2 of 45, this nears the saturation in the veins where unloading of oxygen to the tissues including heart muscles becomes difficult and there will be eventual death as it gets lower than that. ...Read more

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Oxygen Saturation (Definition)

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