Overnight Oximetry to Test for Low Oxygen Levels Sleep-related breathing disorders, specifically obstructive sleep apnea, is a common condition that regularly goes unrecognized. Approximately three to seven percent of the general population suffers from sleep apnea, with 93 percent of women and 82 percent of men remaining undiagnosed. If obstructive sleep apnea goes undiagnosed and [...]
How Pulse Oximetry Works The body's need for oxygen is undeniable, and the correct amount is essential for sustaining normal daily activities. If oxygen content falls, even slightly, it can lead to disruptive symptoms like shortness of breath and headaches. That's why it is important to know the oxygen content of the blood. But it [...]
Everything you Need to Know About Blood Oxygen Levels Blood oxygen levels indicate how much oxygen is circulating in the blood at a given time. So how does oxygen get from our lungs to the rest of the body? When we breathe, air enters our lungs, and oxygen binds to circulating red blood cells which [...]
Sleep-Related Hypoxemia and Its Treatment When we begin to fall asleep at night, typically, the last thing on our mind is if our breathing is changing, but as we move through sleep cycles, our breathing changes and becomes more irregular. After we fall asleep and enter into a sleep cycle beginning with non-REM sleep or [...]
The Difference Between Hypoxia and Hypoxemia Oxygen is one of the most abundant gases on the planet, so it may come as a surprise that people with certain health conditions cannot get enough to maintain daily activities. As blood circulates throughout the body, it delivers oxygen from the lungs to the cells, tissues, and organs. [...]
Uses and Limitations of Pulse Oximetry Pulse oximetry is often overlooked as an unimportant stat to record for a patient's overall health. But one of the first things a physician will ask for in a medical emergency is the oxygen saturation of the blood. Knowing the blood oxygen levels helps physicians understand what a patient's [...]
Overnight Oximetry to Test for Low Oxygen Levels Overnight pulse oximetry is an easy way to measure the amount of oxygen circulating in the blood throughout the night while an individual is sleeping. To understand how pulse oximetry works, we must first understand how our body distributes oxygen from the lungs to other vital [...]
What's Involved in an Overnight Pulse Oximetry Test? Many people struggle with sleep and don’t even realize or understand there could be an underlying cause. Sleep disorders have a variety of symptoms such as restlessness, headaches, lack of concentration, mood changes, daytime fatigue/drowsiness, snoring, and shortness of breath. While these symptoms are common in other [...]
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