Hypoxia (Hypoxemia) Center

Hypoxia is a condition in which the normal concentration of oxygen in the blood is not enough for normal life functions. Hypoxemia is a condition in which there is a lower than normal amount of oxygen in arterial blood. Anoxia is a condition in which there is an absence or near absence of oxygen. There are a variety of causes of hypoxia and hypoxemia such as chemical or gas poisonings; lung conditions such as COPD, emphysema, lung cancer, and sleep apnea; medications; heart problems; anemia; and low oxygen concentration due to the lack of concentrated oxygen for example, mountain climbing, aviation, drowning, and fires. Symptoms of hypoxia and/or hypoxemia may be acute such as fast heart rate, rapid breathing, and shortness of breath; or severe symptoms include confusion, the inability to communicate, coma, and sometimes death. Symptoms in children include irritableness, anxiousness, and inattentiveness. Treatment of hypoxia and/or hypoxemia is to provide supplemental oxygen to the body as soon as possible. Read more: Hypoxia (Hypoxemia) Article

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