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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

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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Why am I short of breath if my oxygen saturation is good?

Why am I short of breath if my oxygen saturation is good?

Anxiety?: In most cases adequate oxygen saturation indicates that your lungs and blood work well to supply oxygen to your organs. Some evaluation may still be necessary, but feeling air hunger when objectively none exists usually indicates anxiety. If th proves to be correct, treatment may involve anti-anxiety medication, nutritional supplements, some herbs or homeopathy, whatever is best indicated. ...Read more

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Yesterday went to bed with huge acid reflux. Upon waking up a little short of breath. Oxygen saturation normal. Is this common?

Yesterday went to bed with huge acid reflux. Upon waking up a little short of breath. Oxygen saturation normal. Is this common?

Bad reflux can: cause shortness of breath and can present similar to acute asthma.The acid from the stomach goes up and out the esophagus and down the trachea into the lungs.This acid burns the lungs causing swelling,increased mucus production and narrowing of the airways resulting in cough and shortness of breath.Rx- elevate head of bed to 30 degrees,increase dose of acid blockers,& see ur doc. ...Read more

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Why do I get daily attacks of shortness of breath when my peak flow, oxygen saturation, pulse, temperature, blood test and EKG results are all normal?

Why do I get daily attacks of shortness of breath when my peak flow, oxygen saturation, pulse, temperature, blood test and EKG results are all normal?

Breath: Many things can cause you to feel short of breath. One of the most common is a panic attack. Are you prone to them? Other medical conditions such as congestive heart failure with volume overload are frequently seen in elderly patients. Other heart conditions and pulmonary conditions can cause this as well. In a young healthy person such as yourself a panic attack seems more likely. See your Dr ...Read more

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What would cause shortness of breath and pain in left breast chest CT scan normal X-ray normal abg normal EKG abnormal oxygen saturation normal?

What would cause shortness of breath and pain in left breast chest CT scan normal X-ray normal abg normal EKG abnormal oxygen saturation normal?

It may be the heart!: You need to have your heart checked by a good cardiologist. The best test for you is a session of multifunction cardiogram. It is accurate, affordable and stress, drug and radiation free! good luck! http://en.M.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/multifunction_cardiogram. ...Read more

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Why can't i breath but my oxygen saturation level is good?

Why can't i breath but my oxygen saturation level is good?

Shortness of breath: ...Is caused by many abnormalities in the body, not simply low o2 levels. Some patients can have significant shortness of breath from copd, pneumonia, asthma and other illnesses without a low o2 level. If you continue to have trouble, you should see a doctor for evaluation to figure out why this is happening. ...Read more

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What can explain dyspnea with normal oxygen saturation?

Many things : Many causes can give someone dyspnea, ranging from the benign to the deadly, and all with a normal oxygen sat. Best thing is to see your doctor about your complaints. ...Read more

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Does generAl anesthesia cause breathlessness after becoming concious? My oxygen saturAtion was ok but i felt breathless? Why?

Does generAl anesthesia cause breathlessness after becoming concious? My oxygen saturAtion was ok but i felt breathless? Why?

Muscle blockade....: With general anesthesia, neuromuscular blocking agents are often used to paralyze the muscles during the surgery. Sometimes it takes a little while for these to completely wear off. Your respiratory muscles can be affected so you are not taking real deep breaths. This can lead to the feeling of breathlessness. When the melds wear off, you feel normal again. That may be the reason for your symptoms ...Read more

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Is it possible to shallow breath without hyperventilating? What affect does this have on oxygen saturation?

Is it possible to shallow breath without hyperventilating? What affect does this have on oxygen saturation?

Mgt: Shallow respiratory cycles are associated with a number of conditions. The rate of breathing may be increased, normal or decreased depending on the condition. If you are concerned, a virtual consult may be booked online. ...Read more

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Why am i short of breath while on oxygen?

Various: If you have an active infection or other inflammatory process in your lungs, you may still be short of breath. If your oxygen saturation while wearing oxygen is below 90%, you may need higher flow or a different delivery system. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have copd, was put on oxygen due to a bad cold and low oxygen levels. Why am i short of breath while on this oxygen? It's set at 2.

I have copd, was put on oxygen due to a bad cold and low oxygen levels. Why am i short of breath while on this oxygen? It's set at 2.

Several Factors: Your shortness of breath can be due to inadequate oxygen getting into your blood. This is a function of gas exchange. It might be manageable by increasing your oxygen, but you should check with your doctor first. Sometimes increasing the oxygen can actually make you breathe in and out less, resulting in the retention of carbon dioxide - which is bad. Good luck and feel free to ask more. ...Read more

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I have copd, but why am i still short of breath while on oxygen?

I have copd, but why am i still short of breath while on oxygen?

Complicated dyspnea: Shortness of breath relates to the work of breathing as well as oxygenation. COPD when severe enough to need oxygen likely is associated with significant increase in the work of moving air into and out of the lungs. If still short of breath on oxygen there may still low oxygen in the blood stream or the work of getting enough into the blood stream may be causing the shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Oxygen level 94 percent still short of breath..What is going on?

Oxygen level 94 percent still short of breath..What is going on?

short of breath: Short of breath is a symptom and not necessarily a correlate of lowered po2. It correlates with the work of breathing. If you are working hard to maintain normal oxygenation, you still will feel short of breath. ...Read more

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Always feel short of breath when I'm very overtired. My oxygen level is always fine, always figured it was normal. Common?

Short of breath: Feeling short of breath when you are tired is common, and given your age is not likely to be of clinical significance. If you get symptoms with activity when you are well rested, then you can consider further evaluation with primary physician. ...Read more

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I have a pulse/oxymeter at home and it says my oxygen is at 100-98% but i feel short of breath why?

I have a pulse/oxymeter at home and it says my oxygen is at 100-98%  but i feel short of breath why?

Unclear: There are many causes of shortness of breath, low oxygen is usually not one of them. Poor conditioning, anemia, heart disease, asthma or copd, and o on are the min culprits. See you doc and get working on an answer. ...Read more

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How can I have an oxygen level of 100% at rest and still be short of breath?

They're different: Oxygen levels have little to do with the sensation of shortness of breath. The work of breathing determines how short of breath you feel. When oxygen levels get too low shortness of breath may occur, but many people feel shortness of breath with totally normal oxygen levels. Even with low oxygen levels you may not feel short of breath at rest. ...Read more

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Why is my oxygen level 98 and I am still short of breath? I have CHF. Is this related?

Why is my oxygen level 98 and I am still short of breath? I have CHF. Is this related?

One possibilty is a: pleural effusion. Fluid accumulates in the pleural space due to high hydrostatic pressures from left heart dysfunction. If fluid is present, you may need to have it drained with a thoracentesis procedure. First step to diagnosis is a chest xray and ultrasound. ...Read more

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While doing nothing, or just talking I feel short of breath. However, when I exercise I have plenty of oxygen, why?

While doing nothing, or just talking I feel short of breath. However, when I exercise I have plenty of oxygen, why?

Shortness of breath: Shortness of breath at rest, but improved with activity is often due to anxiety. You absolutely need to see a physician to rule out any major medical issues, but if all appears normal on physical examination, often times anxiety is found to be the culprit. You need to discuss this with your primary care physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Shortness Of Breath (Definition)

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Oxygen Saturation (Definition)

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