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What is the definition or description of: very low oxygen level?

What is the definition or description of: very low oxygen level?

Depends: This really depends on the patient. For normal patient who does not smoke very low oxygen level could be defined as an oxygen saturation less than 88% or a partial pressure of oxygen measured in blood gas less than 60 mmhg. For an active smoker these numbers may be different. For someone with underlying lung disease again these numbers may be lower.

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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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My mam has very low oxygen levels, they said she should be gasping and she's not?

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My mam has very low oxygen levels, they said she should be gasping and she's not?

Low oxygen: Low oxygen can result from anemia, lung diseases or heart disease. Consult her doctor for clarification.

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Arterial blood gases, very low oxygen levels found, what to do?

Arterial blood gases, very low oxygen levels found, what to do?

What is the level: If that's you, it must be wrong since you would not be thinking enough to be here, consider venous blood. On the other hand if it is someone else, then that person needs oxygen either by cannula, mask or even a ventilator.

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Arterial blood gases, very low oxygen levels found in my baby. Will he have cp?

Arterial blood gases, very low oxygen levels found in my baby. Will he have cp?

Hard to say: The fetus has low oxygen levels compared to the rest of us for the duration of the pregnancy. Any lab value must be put in context with what is happening. How low, for how long and with what other abnormalities provides a better predictive value. For some premi's, they try to keep it in a lower zone to help prevent eye damage caused by too high oxygen levels while the eyes are developing.

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Arterial blood gases, very low oxygen levels found in m y newborn?

Arterial blood gases, very low oxygen levels found in m y newborn?

Transient issue: Fetal o2 generally runs low levels while they extract it from mom with the placenta but it is adequate for their needs. During the transition of labor & delivery it continues to remain low ~70 & generally will not come up to regular levels (95+) for several minutes or hours after birth. Scalp abg's @ birth document stress, but are less important than babies vigor & breathing effort @ delivery.

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What fixes low oxygen level at night?

What fixes low oxygen level at night?

Depends on cause...: Most often, this is related to obstructive sleep apnea. This is when your airway becomes "floppy" while sleeping. The airway closes and no air can pass into the lungs. Therefore, the oxygen level drops. Using oxygen at night won't fix the problem if this is related to sleep apnea. You will need a special machine that increases the pressure in your airway while sleeping. See a sleep doctor.

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What's a low oxygen level in general?

What's a low oxygen level in general?

92 % plus....: In all patients, but certainly in post op patients, we'd like to see oxygen saturation of at least 92%. Supplemental oxygen may be necessary, at least for a short time. Good pulmonary toilet and breathing exercises are also employed. Good luck.

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Can the body adapt to low oxygen levels?

Can the body adapt to low oxygen levels?

Yes: Think about americans who live in denver, sherpas that live in tibet, & the maya in south america. These are populations of people who have become accustomed in one way or another to a lower atmospheric oxygen level, and in the mayans a lower blood oxygen level. Another sea-level example would be a person with emphysema who may run a blood oxygen level of 88% and still be walking around home depot.

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Please explain what it means if you have low oxygen levels?

Please explain what it means if you have low oxygen levels?

Oxygen: The normal o2 in the blood is calculated as that which should be calculated by knowing the lung, the age, water vapor pressure, etc. Very complicated. For our purposes, we set at that oxygen which will give us a saturation of hemoglobin at least 90% in the arteries. If it is lower than that it is low.

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What causes low oxygen level in the blood?

What causes low oxygen level in the blood?

Many things...: Many things can cause a low oxygen level in the blood: so many, in fact, that I don't have enough room here to name them all. Here are some common causes: pneumonia; heart failure; clots to the lungs; emphysema; asthma. Hope this helps...

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What causes low oxygen levels after surgery?

What causes low oxygen levels after surgery?

Atelectasis: Sometimes, there can be parts of the lung not fully inflated called atelectasis. This could cause low oxygen levels and can be reversed by taking deep breaths. This type of lung exercise can be done using something called an incentive spirometer, and walking around. Hope this helps!

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Can stress cause low oxygen level?

No: No, certainly not directly. That is, stress can cause a lot of problems, but it would not in of itself cause you to have a low oxygen level. For example, stress could lower your immunity. You could then be more susceptible to getting a lung infection, and then the lung infection could cause a low oxygen level.

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Can I still sleep with low oxygen levels?

Yes: However, chronically low oxygen levels can cause changes in the heart. Figuring out why is important. Possible causes include chronic lung diseases, neuromuscular weakness or chest wall deformity, pulmonary vascular diseases, and of course sleep disordered breathing such as sleep apnea. Weight also plays a big role.

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What causes low oxygen levels in the elderly?

Other diseases: If you ask me what causes low o2 in a perfectly normal and healthy elderly it makes a difference. There is an alveolar to arterial ratio that changes with age, and o2 is lower in elderly by this notion alone but no to point of hypoxia. There is such thing as senile emphysema by age alone, with the changes like that of the skin. See the compressibility of finger as the machine could restrict pulse.

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What is a low oxygen level in the blood considered?

Sats <90%: Oximeter showing <90% or more appropriately pao2 <58 is considered hypoxia and need for o2 supplemental oxygen will be needed.

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What can cause a low oxygen level in an 83 year old female?

See below: This could be potentially serious. You should discuss these with your physician. He/she will thoroughly evaluate you and let you know what's going on.

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Please tell me what can cause low oxygen level in the blood?

Hypoxia: Anything that decreases o2 diffusibility or increases o2 consumption. These will include copd, pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung diseases, asthma exacerbation due to decreased lung volume same as in lung resection, pe, later part of chf, sepsis.

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Is there anything that can cause low oxygen levels to not improve in a 6 year old?

Many things: Infection, poor air flow into the lungs, poor blood flow to and from the lungs, a heart problem such as a hole within the heart could all cause this. So could a lot of other things, all of which warrant thorough investigation.

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2 year old had low oxygen level less than 90 for 8 hours. How bad is this for his health?

How much < 90: A former patient of mine (now adult) had resting o2 levels of around 88-90 for most of her childhood due to her complex heart disease. The impact of transient low levels has a lot to do with how low & what additional metabolic levels occurred at the same time. Fetal oxygen levels seldom rise above 60 prior to birth but their metabolism can handle this. Don't assume brain injury is expected.

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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