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What are the symptoms of COPD hypoxia and hypoxemia?

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With either hypoxia or hypoxemia, you'll probably feel short of breath. You might cough and wheeze.

Early on, hypoxia can make you feel anxious, upset, and restless. You may look pale.

If it gets worse, you could pass out. Your skin and lips might look a little blue. Serious hypoxia can cause your heart and breathing to stop suddenly (cardiorespiratory arrest). It can also damage your brain and other organs within minutes.

With hypoxemia, your breathing and heart rates might go up. A small device called a pulse oximeter measures how much oxygen is in your blood. Normal levels are between 95% and 100%. A reading of 88% or below signals hypoxemia.

Get medical help right away if you notice signs of hypoxia.

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Cleveland Clinic: “COPD: What are the symptoms?”

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Annals of Thoracic Medicine: “Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: More than meets the eye.”

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Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 3, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “COPD,” “Hypoxemia.”

International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: “Hypoxemia in patients with COPD: cause, effects, and disease progression.”

AcuteCareTesting.org: “Emergency Assessment of Oxygenation.”

Lung India: “Mechanisms of hypoxemia,” “Guidelines for diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Joint ICS/NCCP (I) recommendations.”

Common Surgical Diseases: “Hypoxemia and Hypoxia.”

BMC Pulmonary Medicine: “Clinical, physiologic, and radiographic factors contributing to development of hypoxemia in moderate to severe COPD: a cohort study.”

Respiratory Care: “Tissue hypoxia: implications for the respiratory clinician.”

Cleveland Clinic: “COPD: What are the symptoms?”

Medicine LibreTexts: “Signs and Symptoms of Hypoxia.”

Emergency Medicine Journal: “Emergency oxygen therapy for the COPD patient.”

Annals of Thoracic Medicine: “Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: More than meets the eye.”

PlosOne: “Domiciliary high-flow treatment in patients with COPD and chronic hypoxic failure: In whom can we reduce exacerbations and hospitalizations?”

StatPearls: “High Flow Nasal Cannula.”

American Thoracic Society: “Systemic Effects of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease,” “Research Priorities in Pathophysiology for Sleep-disordered Breathing in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, An Official American Thoracic Society Research Statement,”  “An Official American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society Statement: Update on Limb Muscle Dysfunction in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 3, 2020

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