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Oximeter Results Help? Newbie
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Oximeter Results Help? Newbie
Hello Everyone

I'm new here and looking for some help and advice.

I'm a 48 year old male, A non smoker, non drinker and I think I have some heart issues which caused my oxygen level to drop from time to time during the day and sleeps. I know my GP is the best person to diagnose but I hate making a nuisance of myself. Would anyone please give me a loose idea if it is even worth me going to see her based on my results. Thanks all!

I purchased the 24hour pulse oximeter Contec CMS50F

My Oximetry report is below.

   
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RE: Oximeter Results Help? Newbie
Welcome to the forum
Time <88% = 0.0

in other words you do not need supplemental oxygen
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RE: Oximeter Results Help? Newbie
(01-10-2022, 08:41 PM)Gideon Wrote: Welcome to the forum
Time <88% = 0.0

in other words you do not need supplemental oxygen


Thank you Gideon.

But isn't of concern when oxygen concentration lower than 95% while awake/during the day? I read 95% - %100 normal range for a person and I have spikes below 95% while sitting, walking, lie down flat etc..
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RE: Oximeter Results Help? Newbie
To add to Gideon's assessment, the drops you are seeing are artifacts. They can be caused by rapid movement or striking or bumping the finger sensor against something. Your data looks great!
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RE: Oximeter Results Help? Newbie
Typically spikes only mean to look deeper. Daytime O2 levels are typically higher than sleep readings and normals do vary somewhat by the individual. Time at lows would be a more important number. Here we deal with sleep so I do not know what levels would be critical while awake.
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RE: Oximeter Results Help? Newbie
Was this while awake or sleeping? If sleeping I would say there is a chance of apnea. If awake I am not sure what to make of this, it does drop a bit more than I would anticipate.

If you have any questions about heart etc you should bring it up with your doctor.
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RE: Oximeter Results Help? Newbie
(01-10-2022, 08:29 PM)BreathInBreathOut1982 Wrote: I'm a 48 year old male, A non smoker, non drinker and I think I have some heart issues [...]

Why would you think that? Are you having other symptoms that would make you concerned about your heart? Palpitations? Chest pain? High blood pressure? Is there a family history of heart disease? What prompted you to use a recording oximeter in the first place?

I also am of the opinion that the drops in SpO2 you see are artefacts. But whether they are or whether they aren't, it's impossible to diagnose a cardiac problem just from SpO2 recordings.

In my view, if you have symptoms (other than this SpO2) that make you concerned about your heart, you should have them evaluated properly.

Best wishes, DS
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(01-10-2022, 10:09 PM)Geer1 Wrote: Was this while awake or sleeping? If sleeping I would say there is a chance of apnea. If awake I am not sure what to make of this, it does drop a bit more than I would anticipate.

If you have any questions about heart etc you should bring it up with your doctor.

Hi Geer1 that was recorded while awake.

This one was recorded last night, and I got woke up due to drop in SPO2, and each time I get woke up I would get a uncomfortable feeling in my chest and chest feels tight/full while head feels numb/stiff. For each time I get woke up it gets harder and harder for me to fall back to sleep again. And the moment "as I fall back to sleep" my SPO2 would start dropping right away...

I recorded this last night trying to sleep.

   
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(01-11-2022, 04:46 AM)desaturator Wrote: Why would you think that? Are you having other symptoms that would make you concerned about your heart? Palpitations? Chest pain? High blood pressure? Is there a family history of heart disease? What prompted you to use a recording oximeter in the first place?

I also am of the opinion that the drops in SpO2 you see are artefacts. But whether they are or whether they aren't, it's impossible to diagnose a cardiac problem just from SpO2 recordings.

In my view, if you have symptoms (other than this SpO2) that make you concerned about your heart, you should have them evaluated properly.

Best wishes, DS

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I had few months of unexplained palpitation/tachycardia, and it appears to be gone now.

A sleep study by apolysomnographic technologist  wouldn't be able to diagnose cardiac problem, right?
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RE: Oximeter Results Help? Newbie
(Sorry, I wrote this before I read your last note. I wrote a more detailed post afterwards. Sorry for spamming the forum.)

I'm no expert, but this looks like an opportunity for a sleep study. Some of the very low excursions of SpO2 could still be artefacts, but there seems to be enough "fur" in the recording to merit following up. Although your overall SpO2 levels don't look hugely scary, if something is waking you up repeatedly it will do you no favours, regardless of the cause.

Just my $0.02, of course.

BW, DS
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