Hypoxia

Overview of Hypoxia

Hypoxia is the condition in which the blood does not get enough oxygen supply. Hypoxia can lead to many serious health conditions if not managed effectively.

Signs and Symptoms of Hypoxia

Hypoxia is the condition in which the blood does not get enough oxygen supply. As a result of which the cells and tissues in the body do not get enough oxygen. Hypoxia can lead to many serious health conditions if not managed effectively.

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Types of Hypoxia

The only way our body gets oxygen is through our lungs. Any diseases or conditions that affect the working of this precious organ can lead to hypoxia. Some visible symptoms of hypoxia are:

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Shortness of breath especially after performing some physical activity
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Waking up gasping for air
  • The bluish undertone to skin
  • Headache

Consider talking to your doctor as soon as you feel any of the above-mentioned symptoms.

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Risk Factors of Hypoxia

Hypoxia can occur due to a number of reasons involving:

  • Having an underlying lung disease like asthma
  • Already having some heart disease
  • Being at a high altitude area
  • Emphysema
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Congenital Heart defects
  • Sleep apnea
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome
  • Anemia
  • Pulmonary Edema

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Prevention

  • Complicated heart problems
  • Lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Strong Drug medications
  • Medication side effects
  • Heart attack
  • Anemia

Complications of Hypoxia

  • Mood disorders or depression
  • Fatigue and bodyache
  • Confusion and cloudy mind
  • Sudden high blood pressure
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Rapid increase in heart rhythm
  • Heart failure
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Diagnosis

  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Mild exercises such as yoga and walking
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Cutting down on smoking

Treatment of Hypoxia | When to Consult a Doctor

There are certain tests involved to properly diagnose hypoxia.
The most obvious way to diagnose hypoxia is to use oxygen monitors (pulse oximeters) that determine the oxygen levels in the blood.a complete physical examination or some other pulmonary test functions might be involved too.

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Last updated on Monday 28/11/2022

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Pulmonologist | MBBS, FRCP, MRCP, FCCP

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Dr. Rafiq A. Sheikh

Allergy Specialist, Asthma Specialist, Pulmonologist | MBBS, DTC

Hill Park General HospitalRs 3000

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