Do you really understand what low oxygen saturation means for you?
You may have found Heart Failure Solutions.com while looking for information about many health concerns other than heart failure, but understand that when low oxygen levels become an issue for you, it inevitably leads to a weakened heart muscle because low blood oxygen levels deprive your muscles of oxygen and weaken them. Your heart is your most important muscle.
This is one reason that the world is suffering an epidemic of Heart Failure today. It can be difficult to identify and treat Low Oxygen Level (low blood oxygen saturation), but it’s the only way to prevent the oxygen starvation that will eventually weaken your heart. Oxygen is THAT important.
The basic element of all life is Oxygen.
Without oxygen life stops.
Is it hard to believe that most people are completely unaware and free of any significant concern while they experience extremely low oxygen levels?
How can you possibly be unaware of a life threatening condition?
When you feel short-of-breath, you are sensing the carbon-dioxide in your body. Oxygen does not effect you the same way. It seems like low oxygen should be accompanied by breathing problems, but it often isn’t until disastrous deterioration has occurred.
Pain, fatigue, short term memory loss and worsening eye sight are caused by lack of oxygen.
All of those symptoms may be attributed to old age while your vital organs deteriorate due to low blood oxygen saturation.
Once you’ve suffered a bout of acute heart failure, you know your heart is weakened. The fluid in your lungs that made it so hard to breathe got there because your heart was too weak to do its job. Taking drugs to make you pee helps you breathe but it does not strengthen your heart muscle.
Now, your breathing distress is caused by fluid in your lungs, weakened breathing muscles and tension. The oximeter will tell you that your oxygen level is fine while you gasp for breath, so you begin to think oxygen can’t help you.
Does that sound familiar?
You still aren’t feeling low oxygen levels when they occur. Walk up a flight of stairs and check your oximetry reading. Keep the monitor probe on your finger until you feel completely recovered and without any breathing distress.
A struggling heart will experience low oxygen level after excursion.
If you have pitting edema at your ankles, you have fluid in your lungs. Maybe you store fluid in your belly, where it can hide itself a little better.
Fluid in your belly and fluid at your ankles make sleeping a potentially harmful part of your life. Lying down allows the retained and accumulated fluid to creep up into your lungs.
A struggling heart will experience low oxygen level at 3am when you get up to pee.
Your doctor may not see low oxygen levels when you are sitting in his/her office, even though you you experience dangerous low oxygen levels every time you exert yourself and routinely in the wee hours of the morning.
The oximeter (oxygen measuring device) may not tell on you if you don’t use it when you are experiencing low oxygen levels, but the damage it causes is unmistakable. The devastating consequences of low oxygen are not avoided without addressing the problem.
Symptoms of chronic low oxygen
- water retention (especially feet/ ankles)
- shortness of breath/ difficulty breathing/ dyspnea
- extreme fatigue
- blue coloring around lips
- mental confusion/short-term-memory loss
- chronic cough of usually clear mucous
- frequent bouts of pneumonia
- frequent bacterial infections
- muscle weakness
- chest tightness
- acute heart failure
- sudden cardiac arrest
Sudden cardiac arrest can occur when extremely low blood oxygen levels stimulate your vagus nerve.
If you could feel low oxygen level it would be easier to avoid danger, but you can’t. All you can do is err on the side of caution.
Not all doctors and nurses will be alarmed by oxygen levels that are low enough to be dangerous. Their lack of experience with the damage caused by chronic low oxygen levels causes them to minimize the significance of low oximetry readings. Perhaps supplemental oxygen in a home setting feels like over kill to many health care professionals.
Remember that oxygen can only do its job in your body if the pressure of oxygen is high enough to get where it’s going. 92% blood oxygen level is what is required to achieve enough pressure to send oxygen from your lungs, to your blood to your cells, tissues, organs and organ systems.
Your insurance wants your oxygen level to drop to 88% before they are willing to pay for oxygen.
This really doesn’t mean anything, as far as your health is concerned. It’s just a number that insurance companies require in order to pay for supplemental home oxygen. You want your oxygen level well above 92% if at all possible. Your health is more important than insurance company profit. It’s my hope that we will soon have single payer health care so we can take an honest look at how cost effective supplemental home oxygen really is.
Does supplemental home oxygen keep you out of the Emergency Room?
How do you monitor your oxygen level?
Can you recognize when you are experiencing low oxygen levels? (There are clues.)
Do you use supplemental home oxygen? If so, how much and how many hours per day?
Please share how you nurture yourself with oxygen and the benefits you notice as a result, in the comment section.