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What does it mean if you have low oxygen levels in your blood tests?

What does it mean if you have low oxygen levels in your blood tests?

Lung disease: Is the commonest reason for a low level of oxygen in the blood. It can also happen in heart disease if the heart is failing and fluid builds up in otherwise-healthy lungs, or if there is a hole in the heart, causing blood to bypass the right heart circulation into the lungs and skip picking up oxygen there. These are examples of some common causes. Smoking, high altitude=examples of lung reasons. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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 use ...Read more


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What is a low oxygen level in the blood considered?

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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How do you detect low oxygen levels in blood?

How do you detect  low oxygen levels in blood?

Low oxygen: One way is to use a pulse oximeter which fits over the finger and gives a good approximation of the oxygen in the blood. ...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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Please tell me what can cause low oxygen level in the blood ?

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. ...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?

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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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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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. ...Read more

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I'll be having a sleep study done soon as I think the low oxygen in blood is causing my Afib and maybe the root cause all among , is it possible Why?

I'll be having a sleep study done soon as I think the low oxygen in blood is causing my Afib  and maybe the root cause all among , is it possible Why?

Low oxygen during: REM sleep cycles causes irritability of your cardiac circulation and intrinsic pacemakers, which are oxygen-hungry. As a result,hypoxia of your intrinsic pacemaker (sinus node) may develop into atrial fibrillation.
Hope the sleep test and its treatment improve your condition. ...Read more

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Nails are turning blue which i hear is due to low oxygen in blood cells. Can lack of physical activity & outside air cause this?

Probably not: Blue nails can be from poor perfusion due to vascular disease, low oxygen (hypoxia), or from toxins such as methemoglobenemia. Deconditioning (lack of activity) may be a symptom of low oxygen and not a cause. Outside versus inside air have the same oxygen content. I would advise you see an md to do a workup for anemia, oxygen levels, and vascular disease. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your oxygen in your blood is low?

What does it mean if your oxygen in your blood is low?

Low blood oxygen: The normal blood oxygen saturation level is 92% to 100%. Below 92% it is low saturation. The more it goes below 90% and 80% the problems with kidney, heart and brain start ending into cardiopulmonary failure. ...Read more

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What is a low sodium level in a blood test mean?

Dehydration: Usually in dehydration. Patient in diuretic medication, investigate the level of other electrolytes and glucose. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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My 3yr old had bloods done it showed high cretins and low bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) what does that mean?

My 3yr old had bloods done it showed high cretins and low bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) what does that mean?

? Kidney problems: If you mean high creatinine and low bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) it may mean kidney disease or perhaps significant dehydration. Ther doctor that ordered the tests should be able to provide explanations. ...Read more

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Prior ENT exam saw no obstruction relating to sleep apnea. Today diagnosed with/apnea & low oxygen level. Does this mean I have central sleep apnea?

Prior ENT exam saw no obstruction relating to sleep apnea. Today diagnosed with/apnea & low oxygen level. Does this mean I have central sleep apnea?

Sleep Study: A sleep physician will order a sleep study that will clarify your condition. CPAP is the usual initial treatment, but your sleep physician will be the one to decide what course of treatment to follow. Low O2 is a serious condition which requires immediate treatment so don't delay. ...Read more

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I'm 54 yrs and my doc said I have low blood sodium. What can cause this besides medications?

I'm 54 yrs and my doc said I have low blood sodium. What can cause this besides medications?

Hypoactive thyroid: Is another possible reason if all the medications have been excluded. Have your doctor check TSH level. ...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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I'm 59 years old can low oxygen at night cause headaces that don't go away doing the day?

Check with your doc: Low oxygen shows there is a problem and your brain cells and heart cells are at risk. A sleep study is certainly useful to fix the problem. Check with your sleep doc asap. ...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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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


Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Sodium (Definition)

It's an element that is important in the cell functions ...Read more