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How COPD Affects Oxygen Saturation Levels

3 Mar 2018
| Under COPD, Medical, Oxygen Levels | Posted by | 14 Comments
How COPD Affects Oxygen Saturation Levels

For those people living with a chronic lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), there are many factors when measuring one’s health. These factors can include various sets of metrics which help the patient better understand the current state of their health. One of these metrics is oxygen saturation levels.

Oxygen saturation is one factor in determining how easy it is for one to breathe, which is vital for someone with COPD. To better understand this, here’s how COPD affects oxygen saturation levels.

What is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a progressive form of lung disease ranging from mild to severe. COPD is known for the restriction of airflow into and out of the lungs, thus making it difficult to breathe. Restrictive lung diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis fall under the umbrella of COPD. There are four stages of COPD, ranging from mild to very severe.

Typically, symptoms of COPD can include shortness of breath, constant “smoker’s cough”, sleep apnea, wheezing and recurring upper respiratory infections – pneumonia and bronchitis. For some people, COPD can develop slowly, but for others, disease progression can happen quickly.

What are Oxygen Saturation Levels?

How COPD Affects Oxygen Saturation Levels

Oxygen saturation is a measure of how much oxygen the blood is carrying through the body. Oxygen attaches to the hemoglobin molecules in the blood. The oxygen carried in the blood is usually referenced as a percentage of the maximum amount of O2 the blood can carry.

Normal oxygen saturation levels range from 95 to 100 percent. Simply put, oxygen levels under 90 percent are considered low, and are also known as hypoxemia. Oxygen saturation is also referred to as SpO2.

How Oxygen Saturation Levels are Affected by COPD

How COPD Affects Oxygen Saturation Levels

As a patient’s COPD stage diagnosis advances, symptoms get worse. When a patient is diagnosed with stage four or very severe COPD, many people have trouble getting enough oxygen. Doing simple tasks become very difficult.

One way to help oxygen saturation levels is to eat COPD-friendly foods that improve blood oxygen. In addition to a change in diet, doctors often prescribe oxygen therapy to help the body receive enough oxygen. Oxygen therapy is conducted using supplemental oxygen, where patients breathe in air from compressed air tanks or liquid oxygen containers via nasal prongs, masks or breathing tubes.

Oxygen therapy can be a great short-term or long-term treatment plan. It helps people receive the recommended amount of oxygen. However, there are also alternatives. Some COPD patients have turned to cellular therapy as a treatment option. Cellular therapy uses the patients’ own body, and it may affect disease progression and may improve quality of life.

If you or someone you know suffers from a chronic lung disease like COPD, interstitial lung disease emphysema or pulmonary fibrosis, the Lung Institute may be able to help. For more information about cellular therapy, please contact us or call (800) 729-3065.

14 Comments

  1. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    James:

    Treatment cost varies depending on treatment type. We understand that each patient is unique and has individual needs. Because of that, we make sure to go over the patient’s history and our treatment options in detail with each patient. In order to determine if someone is a candidate for treatment, we need to gather more of their private medical history in a secure setting.

    The best way to do that is by giving us a call and speaking one-on-one with someone on our medical team over our secure phone line. We’re happy to answer your questions about cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  2. James

    3 months ago

    What would be a figure for the cost and what if it does not help

  3. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Jim:

    Unfortunately, at this time, Medicare, Medicaid and insurance companies don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy for chronic lung diseases. We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. So, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  4. jim s

    3 months ago

    insurance help pay

  5. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Jim:

    Thank you for your comment and question. We would suggest you talk with your primary doctor or specialist about your oxygen numbers. They are much more familiar with your specific situation and would be your best resource for next steps. Your doctor will let you know what is normal for your specific condition. For example, it isn’t uncommon for people with severe COPD to maintain their levels between 88 to 92 percent.

    It’s important to know what is normal for you, especially if you have a chronic lung condition. Your doctor can provide recommendations as to what ranges of oxygen levels are acceptable for you.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  6. JIM

    3 months ago

    I a M 82 years and have copd since 2015 Then prescribed oxygen in march 2016I now on 24/7 I monitor intake at 88 to 92 is this ok?

  7. Lung Institute

    4 months ago

    Kristie:

    Thank you for your question and we hope your mom is doing well.

    If your mom has been diagnosed with COPD then she is more than likely eligible for our cellular treatment. There are a couple other items we would need to find out to know for sure, but the first qualification is having been diagnosed with a lung disease.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Kristie Laster

    4 months ago

    MY mom is currently in the hospital with a copd flair up how can I go about getting her evaluated to see if SHE is eligible for cell treament? We are out of south Carolina.

  9. Lung Institute

    7 months ago

    Susan:

    Our cellular treatments are only available in the United States at one of our five clinic locations. You may have to talk with your primary doctor or specialists to find out if any similar treatment is available in Australia.

    Our dedicated medical team has a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. We’re happy to answer your questions, so feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  10. Susan Tate

    7 months ago

    Is this Treatment of cells available in Australia??..If so what are phone numbers in AUSTRALIA and what are results?? Thanks. I havnt heard of this treatment before.. THANKYOU. ..

  11. Matt

    1 year ago

    Hello Charleen,
    You’re welcome. Our phone number is (855) 313-1149. Please let us know if you need another means to contact us. Thanks again and have a great day.

  12. charleen

    1 year ago

    Hi matt thanks for your reply, i live in south africa, is there a nr that i can phone here

  13. Matt

    1 year ago

    Hello Charleen,
    Thank you for your question. If you’re interested in learning more about cell therapy and the Lung Institute, please give one of our staff members a call at (855) 313-1149. That way they can get more familiar with your situation and give you the best information possible. Thanks again and have a great day.

  14. charleen

    1 year ago

    I have COPD HOW DO I KNOW IF I QUALIFY FOR STEM CELL THERAPY AND WHST IS PRICE INVOLVED

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