What is hypoxia?

Decreased oxygen. Hypoxia is a medical term for a decreased amount of oxygen in the blood. There are many reasons this can happen but it is a problem that requires evaluation and treatment.

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What is hypoxia versus ischemia?

Hypoxia is . Referring to low oxygenation levels globally in the body whereas ischemia refers to low oxygen levels in localized tissue. Read more...

What is hypoxia and what does it mean if my doctor said I have a slight case of it?

Hypoxia. Hypoxia means lower levels of blood oxygen compared to normal values. It could be caused by by diminished absorption of oxugen in the lungs (asthma, pneumonia, drowning, etc) or obstruction of blood flow in the arteries (arteriosclerosis, embolism, thrombosis) or in the veins (congestive heart failure, embolism, thrombosis, etc). Read more...

Please explain what are some symptoms of hypoxia?

Low oxygen. Hypoxia is the low tension of oxygen, hypoxemia is low oxygen tension or amount in the blood, desaturation is low measured oxygen occupying the red blood cells. When there is hypoxia, there is air hunger, so a person will breath harder to catch air, there is dyspnea. The signs could range from cyanosis or bluish skin or nail beds, confusion, unconsciousness or frank heart attack. Read more...

My husband was told he is hypoxic following his pneumonia. What could might cause this hypoxia?

Depends. If your husband is still hypoxic after being discharged, i would believe that he is on home oxygen (i hope). Nevertheless, if he is still hypoxic, i could mean that his lungs are still in the process of healing and clearing out the pneumonia or that he has sustained damage (scarring) and that affected part of his lung(s) is not able to exchange gases (o2 and co2) anymore. Read more...

What is birth asphyxia? Anoxia? Hypoxia?

See below. All 3 terms refer to a decrease in the amount of oxygen the baby receives during the birthing process. If severe, it could have an effect on the child's brain. Read more...