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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. Sanjiv Kaul
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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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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 could low sodium in the blood indicate specifically?

What  could  low sodium in the blood indicate specifically?

How low?: Slightly lower level may normal for a given person. Excessive sweating and drinking water, without electrolytes may result in lower levels. Excessive loss through vomiting, diarrhea, diuretic uses are other causes. There are endocrine disorders that can cause low sodium. If you have any symptoms like weakness, consult your doctor. ...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 normal levels of oxygen in the blood? What is considered low and what is considered dangerous? Is levels in the 80s ok?

What is normal levels of oxygen in the blood? What is considered low and what is considered dangerous? Is levels in the 80s ok?

It is low: If you are asking about oxygen saturation the level should be above 90%. Normally it it is 97 - 99%. If the levels are in the low 80s - the person should be on oxygen. The oxygen saturation is obtained via external device placed on the finger or earlobe. If you obtain arterial blood and measure oxygen level - po2 the level in 80 is ok. ...Read more

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Can low blood sodium cause unsteadines?

Can low blood sodium cause unsteadines?

Yes it can: Low sodium can be the cause of unsteady gait, falls if really low can even cause seizures. ...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

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Are there any benign causes of low oxygen? Maybe different breathing patterns?

Are there any benign causes of low oxygen? Maybe different breathing patterns?

Low oxygen?: You mean Oxygen saturation measured at the tip of the finger?. The normal is > 95 %, at the sea level.. Less to about 93-94 ia acceptable. < than 90 is abnormal,. The only benign cause for low O2 sat. is at high altitude, such as in mountain climbers, they carry compressed O2.. Indians from the Altiplano in Bolivia have an Hb of 18-19 %, while at the sea level is 14-13%.
Several factors are needed to continuously supply the cells and tissues in your body with oxygen:
There must be enough oxygen in the air you are breathing
Your lungs must be able to inhale the oxygen-containing air — and exhale carbon dioxide
Your bloodstream must be able to circulate blood to your lungs, take up the oxygen and carry it throughout your body
A problem with any of these factors — for example, high altitude, asthma or heart disease — might result in hypoxemia, particularly under more extreme conditions, such as exercise or illness. When your blood oxygen falls below a certain level, you might experience shortness of breath, headache, and confusion or restlessness.
Common causes of hypoxemia include:
Anemia
ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome)
Asthma
Congenital heart defects in children
COPD Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases
Emphysema
Interstitial lung disease
Medications, such as certain narcotics and anesthetics, that depress breathing
Pneumonia
Pneumothorax (collapsed lung)
Pulmonary edema
Pulmonary embolism (blood clot in an artery in the lung)
Pulmonary fibrosis
Sleep apnea ...Read more

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What causes low blood oxygen post surgery?

What causes low blood oxygen post surgery?

Hypoventilation: In doctorese, meaning not taking deep breaths and coughing, due to medication and because it hurts. This is why patients are hectored and incentive spirometers are used, due to concern of pneumonia and poor oxygenation. ...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


Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Sodium (Definition)

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