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Pulse Ox Reading
Does having an elevated cohb (nonsmoker) cause a false normal pulse ox reading?Also methb & o2/g hb are on the highest sides of normal.Hb & oxy are ok
Carbon monoxide : If you are exposed to carbon monoxide from wood stoves or other sources you can have a high level in your blood. Co binds tighter to hg than o2 so the pulse ox is only an estimate based on normal parameters. I suggest a co moniter/ alarm for safety. ...Read more
Around 95%...: Between exacerbations, an asthmatic's pulse ox is normal since airway obstruction in asthma is reversible by definition. During an asthma exacerbation, the airways are obstructed/inflamed to a certain degree depending on the severity of the exacerbation and the pulse ox may decrease. Supplemental oxygen may then be necessary to maintain oxygen delivery to vital organs/tissues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Working out and changed lifestyle to lose weight. Doc says i need sleep study due to overnight pulse ox reading. Should i be scared?
No: No and congrats on lifestyle changes. A sleep study is a diagnostic aid in helping to determine sleep apnea and if it is mild, moderate or severe. No need to have anxiety. If you are anxious, it may make the sleep study less effective because you may not be able to sleep to help the sleep lab get accurate readings. ...Read more
I've had three pulmonary embolisms in the past and just got diagnosed with pneumonia. My pulse ox is reading between 88-93. That normal?
Lower Side: Normal oxygen Saturation Should be above 90% It is normal with Pneumonia pending on severity to have lower oxygen saturation If You have had 3 Pulmonary Embolism You should be in long life anticoagulation and may need a V/Q Scan and ECHO To make sure you don't have chronic Pulmonary Hypertension and Chronic thromboembolic Disease .You may need To wait for Pneumonia resolution. ...Read more
95-100%: In normal healthy patients with normal lungs and hearts, pulse oximetry doesn't start to really drop until the anaerobic threshold is reached, and that only happens during very intense exercise. But be careful - pulse oximetry readings during exercise are problematic due to motion artifact and altered perfusion in the fingers (where it's usually measured). ...Read more
Most are similar: Most commercially available retail pulse oximeters use the same technology, and cost difference occur from size, portability, and additional features. If you are purchasing a pulse oximeter for home use using you own funds, consider a low-cost fingertip oximeter, such as the ones available at large online retailers for under $50. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Wrist, neck or groin: The wrist on the thumb side, the neck near the angle of the jaw or the groin. ...Read more
My readings for the pass hour
148/101 pulse 75
139/96 pulse 78
142/101 pulse 78
Should I be alarmed?
Define "alarm": This is not run to the ER or you will die high but it is get seen in the next week high. By definition you are hypertensive to the point it can damage your kidneys, eyes & cardiovascular system. You will likely need meds and life change to get control. High blood pressure is a slow but effective killer so you better get in to be seen or the outlook is not good. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
On my S Health phone app pulse ox measures 93 repeatedly. Concerning? I'm 60 and female, moderately active.
WITHIN NORMAL LIMITS: AS LONG AS YOU AREN'T SYMPTOMATIC, I WOULDN;T WORRY ABOUT IT. IF YOUR SATURATION DROPS WHEN YOU ARE EXERCISING GO TO THE DOCTOR AND HAVE IT CHECKED OUT ON A MORE CALIBRATED DEVICE. NO TREATMENT IS INDICATED FOR OXYGENATIONS ABOVE 92. ...Read more
Pulse ox seems to start out a little low, like 96, when first measured, but fixes itself within 5-10 seconds. Concerning?
32 yr old f. I used bp cuff and my readings were bp= 89 over 66, pulse= 120, pp= 23. Should I be concerned with the pp reading so low??
What would cause my pulse ox levels to go from consistently 99 or 100% to being 96 or 97% consistently? Need for concern?
Does one smoke?: 31 y/o female asks What would cause my pulse ox levels to go from consistently 99 or 100% to being 96 or 97%. First, Is person currently acutely ill with cough/ Upper respiratory Infections/ Pneumonia or muscle strain/injury that restrict full lung expansion and deep breathing. 2nd, does one Smoke cigarettes or other items. Sedentary life/lack of exercise/ weight gain can also come into play ...Read more
Checked bp. It was 128/62. Huge gap. Pulse-92. Need explanation on the cause of each reading. Why happened and what should I do now?
Take a breath U R OK: Your numbers are all within the normal range. ...Read more
My normal oxygen level us 96-98 on a pulse ox, I traveled to new Mexico and it was 91-95 and I didn't feel well? Why the drop in oxygen?
Interesting: I wonder if this has something to do with atmospheric change, but would have to know where you originate from. I'm also curious as to why you measure your oxygen level regularly. Is there a health product for this? The lower O2 level could be a cause of not feeling well or an effect of something else that made you not feel well (eg pneumonia). Recommend virtual c/s for more informed response. ...Read more
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