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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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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Low oxygen and thyroid, should I be concerned?

Low oxygen and thyroid, should I be concerned?

Don't. Know: Low oxygen has different causes. Hypothyroid or hyperthyroid need treatment. If both conditions are addresses by physician then obviously should not worry. ...Read more

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2 year old with stridor, low oxygen and now has a red rash on his cheeks and on his side. My 2 year old woke up yesterday morning with stridor. I rushed him to the ER - his oxygen level was 79. His neck and chest were caving when he would inhale. Chest x-

2 year old with stridor, low oxygen and now has a red rash on his cheeks and on his side. My 2 year old woke up yesterday morning with stridor. I rushed him to the ER - his oxygen level was 79. His neck and chest were caving when he would inhale. Chest x-

Treat resp sx: If he has congestion and stridor, it is most likely related to a viral infection/croup. Without seeing the rash it is difficult to determine. The o2 saturation level was low upon arrival in the er. This finding and his exam would indicate that he needed to have oxygen and breathing treatments to open his airway. Hopefully he is better-
prmg/peds can review medical records faxed to 858 259 9689. ...Read more

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What are causes of low oxygen in elderly?

What are causes of low oxygen in elderly?

Not normal: As we age, our lungs become less elastic and with aging changes, there is less transfer of oxygen, so more likely to have low oxygen levels. However, healthy elderly will not manifest with low oxygen levels unless there is underlying lung disease (ie emphysema) or an illness (ie pneumonia). If one is bedbound, there maybe less useable lung space, and lower oxygen levels may occur. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can sleep apnea cause low oxygen level?

Can sleep apnea cause low oxygen level?

Yes,: Both obstructive and central sleep apnea can lead to a decreased gas exchange in the lung through either decreased airflow or disturbed ventilation during the sleep and subsequently result in low oxygen level in blood. ...Read more

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What do a high white blood cell reading and low oxygen level in your blood suggest? How do you cure this?

What do a high white blood cell reading and low oxygen level in your blood suggest? How do you cure this?

Need diagnosis...: Before you can be treated, you need a diagnosis. The high WBC count may be due to an infection. If you add to this a low oxygen saturation, you may have a respiratory infection like acute bronchitis or pneumonia. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Its hard for me to breathe. I get really bad headaches. Like all the time. And its really hard for me to remember stuff. Possible low oxygen levels?

Its hard for me to breathe. I get really bad headaches. Like all the time. And its really hard for me to remember stuff. Possible low oxygen levels?

Possibly: Difficulty breathing and headaches are potentially serious symptoms. I would get into your primary care as soon as you can. Testing oxygen levels is a simple matter of putting your finger in a probe that most offices have these days. That said, presuming you are typically healthy, low oxygen levels would not be the first thing to come to my mind as an explanation for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Causes for low oxygen sats93-97%?

Many possibilities: With a proper medical history one might make some good guesses. That along with a proper physical exam might help better explain. Blood work could possibly even help. Not uncommonly it is a combo of things age included. Generally, it is not a major issue as long as it remains above 90, but still if there has been a sudden change it warrants looking into further. ...Read more

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What are the effects of low oxygen?

Quite variable: The effects of "low oxygen" depend on the severity and duration, as well as any underlying lung, blood or heart disease. It is best to talk to your doctor, as it can be very mild or it can cause major problems, including strain on the heart, sleepiness, poor school or work performance and behavior issues. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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... ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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Can low oxygen level cause tremor?

Can low oxygen level cause tremor?

Possibly: Severe low oxygen can cause muscles to twitch but this is usually in elderly people with peripheral vascular disease or significant cardio-pulmonary disease. ...Read more

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Low oxygen levels when sleeping, what to do?

Low oxygen levels when sleeping, what to do?

Have a sleep study: This may be due to obstructive sleep apnea. If you have documented low oxygen levels at night, see your doctor. You may also have a lung disease or cardiovascular issue. This is important - please see your doctor to evaluate this further. ...Read more

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Does bronchiolitis cause low oxygen saturation?

It happends: Bronchiolitis causes a build up of secretions in the tiny airways and blocks transfer of oxygen into the tissues. It can and does cause a drop in blood oxygen in many cases. ...Read more

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How much does a low oxygen saturation level affect judgment?

Oxygen: A low oxygen saturation definitely affects judgment. Your brain is one of the organs that is heavily dependent on proper oxygenation. If you decrease the oxygen saturation, judgment may be impaired. ...Read more

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I've got low oxygen levels (87%) but I can't understand why I'm wheezing?

Bronchospasm...: Wheezing typically is a result of bronchospasm which has many different causes. Possible etiologies include asthma, copd, pneumonia, acute or chronic bronchitis, etc. All of these can lead to low oxygen levels so you need to see your doctor for a precise diagnosis and treatment. Your oxygen level qualifies you for supplemental oxygen therapy and your doctor can prescribe this for you as well. ...Read more

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If low oxygen levels are causing seizures would the best way to treat them be finding out why oxygen is dropping?

If that is the case?: When you experience a seizure, your oxygen level might dip and your carbon dioxide will also change. Many metabolic changes accompany seizures. I suspect that oxygenation due to seizure activity, not the reverse. You do not list your current anti-seizure meds, but I presume you are taking some medication. Altering your medicines may successfully control the seizures. ...Read more

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Sometimes I can't seem to breathe right. At the ER I was told I had low oxygen levels. What should I do since I don't breathe right?

Sometimes I can't seem to breathe right. At the ER I was told I had low oxygen levels. What should I do since I don't breathe right?

Depends: Once you have been cleared by your physician that you are safe to exercise. The best thing to do is to exercise with cardiovascular aerobic exercises. This is the best way to build up your stamina and therefore allow you to improve your breathing efficiently. ...Read more

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Can Pfo cause low oxygen levels while exercise. My oxygen levels drops down to about 88 while I am walking, then at rest it goes up to 98?

Can Pfo cause low oxygen levels while exercise. My oxygen levels drops down to about 88 while I am walking, then at rest it goes up to 98?

It can: It can but it shouldn't. Talk to your cardiologist. PFO tend to be small and under low pressure so when you exercise it should not effect things as much. Sometimes there is a pressure reversal and this is not a good sign since it can mean weakening of the heart. ...Read more

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My 2nd baby had low oxygen at birth, do not know the cause. I am xpcting my 3rd baby. How can it be avoided. What are the safe methods of giving brth?

My 2nd baby had low oxygen at birth, do not know the cause. I am xpcting my 3rd baby. How can it be avoided. What are the safe methods of giving brth?

Due to medications?: If you were given an epidural or other medications to reduce pain during labor that can sedate your baby and cause it to have low oxygen. I'm a firm believer in natural childbirth whenever possible. There are many techniques like LaMaze breathing you can use to manage pain during labor. See https://www. Mamanatural. Com/natural-childbirth/
and please read Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, a great book! ...Read more

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Can low oxygen level cause joint pain?

Hypoxia hurts all!: Low oxygen levels (hypoxia) not only affect the lungs, heart & brain but have a severe impact on the joints. Hypoperfusion (a lack of nutrients) to the joints may cause severe pain. Any one who has attempted to mountain climb to fast can appreciate the severe aches incurred w/ the lower oxygen levels at higher altitudes. You are not going crazy if your joints hurt more as your oxygen levels drop! ...Read more

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What damage does low oxygen saturation have on a childs brain?

What damage does low oxygen saturation have on a childs brain?

Depends on variables: Low saturations are a variable issue. In the womb, the baby draws oxygen from the mothers blood and during all of pregnancy, their oxygen saturation is below what we expect after their first hour of age. That said, when it is too low for the period, it forces the metabolism into a weaker method of supplying energy, starving brain cells of energy and could result in cell injury or permanent damage. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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..was admitted to hospital 3 yr ago for low oxygen levels. ..still feel breathless any ideas?

..was admitted to hospital 3 yr ago for low oxygen levels. ..still feel breathless any ideas?

Complex question: It may be related to the low oxygen levels you had previously. Depending on the details of being beathless, your question is best answered by seeing a physician face-to-face. Potential causes includes- anemia, heart problems, respiratory issues (eg, . Asthma), infection and many others. Your young age makes heart issues less likely. ...Read more

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My husband md said he has low oxygen at night that's why he's always sleepy, how can we improve it?

Low oxygen: Low oxygen during sleep can be due to sleep apnea. There are other causes for low oxygen (hypoxia) including copd/emphysema, pulmonary and interstitial lung disease. I do recommend he follows with a physician to rule out other causes. If it is sleep apnea he may need oxygen at night and machine called CPAP to force air into his lungs. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How does low oxygen make you feel and how would you know?

Additionally...: When hypoxia develops gradually, the symptoms include light-headedness / fatigue, numbness / tingling of extremities, nausea or even elation. ...Read more

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How to cope in a place with low oxygen? Like leh ladakh. .

Low oxygen: You would naturally start breathing faster to get rid of carbon dioxide that is being formed. If the oxygen level is too low for you, they you have no other option than to get an oxygen supply should you have to stay in that environment, otherwise, if you cannot cope with low oxygen conditions, get out of there. ...Read more

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What are the causes that can contribute to a low oxygen sat reading?

Many, many, many: There are many causes of a low oxygen sat: true low oxygen in the blood, which can be caused by a whole multitude of things like pneumonia, or scarring, or fluid, or heart failure.

Sometimes, the monitor itself is not working properly, and it can give you a false reading. Nail polish can also interfere with the sat reading. Poor circulation or cold hands can do that as well. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the causes of low oxygen sat rates after surgery?

What are the causes of low oxygen sat rates after surgery?

Interpret right: It depends on the timing. Worst could be pulmonary embolus form immobility several hours after. But right after surgery, usually the or is cold and causes closing off of skin arterioles (response to cold temp) and since the monitor is dependent on pulses could read wrong. The best time to ask is when it is happening as the health officer can correlate with timing and symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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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


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Thyroid (Definition)

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