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Please help docs! is oxygen saturation the same things as oxygen uptake?

Please help docs! is oxygen saturation the same things as oxygen uptake?

Not quite: Oxygen saturation reflects the proportion of red blood cell pigment - hemoglobin that is loaded ("saturated") with oxygen. It is unitless and shown as %. Oxygen uptake is the quantity of oxygen absobed/ consumed per unit time , usually in milliliters per min. ...Read more

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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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How can oxygen therapy affect the body system?

How can oxygen therapy affect the body system?

O2: Affects the body by increasing the delivery of o2 to the tissues that need it. This is only effective when there is o2 deprivation state as in hypoxemia of many causes or sepsis or in some poisoning to reverse the occupation of the poison on the hemoglobin so o2 can be carried and delivered. It can kill anaerobic bacteria. In other cases, it is all without proof of need. O2 is kreb's cycle. ...Read more

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How can oxygen therapy affect the body system?

Helps it: If you need oxygen (i.e., your levels are low), then oxygen therapy is very good for the body. But, if your oxygen levels are already normal, then oxygen will likely not do anything. It may, in fact, be harmful. And...It is very expensive. ...Read more

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Does pneumonia temporarily decrease the immune system since lesser oxygen can be taken into the body?

Does pneumonia temporarily decrease the immune system since lesser oxygen can be taken into the body?

No: A bad pneumonia can decrease your oxygen but your immune system actually goes into high gear in response to the infection. That is why you have symptoms like fever and excess sputum production with cough. It is your bodies immune response that is fighting the infection. ...Read more

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How does the heart get oxygen if it's the organ that pumping the blood to the rest of the body?

How does the heart get oxygen if it's the organ that pumping the blood to the rest of the body?

Oxygen: Oxygenated blood leaves the pulmonary circulation and is pumped through the left side of the heart. After it goes through the aortic valve oxygenated blood flows in both systole and diastole through the coronary arteries into the heart muscle. ...Read more

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Increasing blood volume with florinef (fludrocortisone) will it dilute blood and cause less red blood cells as more liquid so less oxygen to organ per beat?

Increasing  blood volume with florinef (fludrocortisone) will it dilute blood and cause less red blood cells as more liquid so less oxygen to organ per beat?

Basically no: Blood volume will increase only slightly if you dose with fludrocortisone, and hematocrit will decrease minimally and is likely to correct to normal in a few days. This is an extremely dangerous medicine unless you know exactly what you are doing. ...Read more

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I recently quit smoking. What supplements help increase oxygen to my red blood cells and get the carbon monoxide out of system. To restore my health?

I recently quit smoking. What supplements help increase oxygen to my red blood cells and get the carbon monoxide out of system. To restore my health?

Smoking cessation: Your body will clear the carbon monoxide itself, but the process is slow (weeks) since the binding of carbon monoxide to the hemoglobin molecule is so tight. The best thing you can do is to exercise which will increase the oxygen in your circulation, which will displace the carbon monoxide. ...Read more

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How is oxygen carried to cells all over the body? How long does that take?

Via hemoglobin: within red blood cells. It happens continuously as blood circulates. ...Read more

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Spirulina good for the body I need more oxygen to the cells which other advice do you have?

Spirulina good for the body I need more oxygen to the cells which other advice do you have?

Many things: Not sure why you think you need this, but to get more oxygen first check you levels of red blood cells (RBC's)& hemoglobin- if abnormal correct as your RBC's transport oxygen. If RBC's are too big (high MCV) they have difficulty squeezing thru microcapillaries. High blood viscosity also interferes with microcirculation. See if fibrinogen is high.Thin blood with curcumin & fish oil. See my comment: ...Read more

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If blood cells carry oxygen, what carries hormones around the body?

If blood cells carry oxygen, what carries hormones around the body?

Blood, proteins: Hi. The circulatory system (i.e., blood) carries hormones around the body. Some hormones are bound to specific or not-specific proteins in the circulation. ...Read more

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If our blood cells carry oxygen, what carries proteins throughout the body?

If our blood cells carry oxygen, what carries proteins throughout the body?

Plasma: The liquid part of blood, plasma, carries proteins around the body. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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If you have low levels of heme due to red blood cell infection, will your body feel deprived of oxygen?

If you have low levels of heme due to red blood cell infection, will your body feel deprived of oxygen?

It could: I am not sure i understand the question. Low HGB can certainly lead to fatigue due to low oxygen delivery, especially if quite low. What is the potential link to infection? Are you asking about a true rbc infection such as malaria? ...Read more

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What effect does oxygen from an oxygen generator have on the respiratory system?

What effect does oxygen from an oxygen generator have on the respiratory system?

None: An oxygen concentrator simply provides a higher level of oxygen to the lungs than room air can. It has no effect on the lungs themselves. It can be very helpful if a person's oxygen level is too low from either lung or heart disease. ...Read more

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Muliple organ failure do u need supplemental oxygen?

Muliple organ failure do u need supplemental oxygen?

Yes: Multi-organ failure generally indicates a critical illness that affects multiple organ systems & delivery of oxygen can be compromised as lungs are generally also involved. Most patients are in the icu, on ventilatory support & continuous infusions with medications to maintain their circulation & heart function. Oxygen is the basic fuel for all cellular metabolic processes. ...Read more

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I snore quite a lot and very loudly. I went to hospital and whiles sleeping my oxygen levels drops very low causing the alarm systems to go off. Any ideas?

I snore quite a lot and very loudly. I went to hospital and whiles sleeping my oxygen levels drops very low causing the alarm systems to go off. Any ideas?

Treatment is needed: If one's oxygen level drops during sleeping, that means the brain and the rest of the body is NOT getting enough oxygen during those episodes while sleeping. It causes health problems such as brain problems, blood pressure problems, and heart problems. The sleep doctors, ear-nose-throat doctors, and lung doctors are the specialists who treat this. For teens, removing tonsils and adenoids can help. ...Read more

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How do I improve oxygen usage in my body?

Oxygen: Oxygen usage, measured by vo2max can be improved by general training, stamina or interval intensity training. ...Read more