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Old 05-12-2011, 05:33 PM   #1
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What are normal Pulse Oximeter Numbers?

Here's my situation... for years my pulse ox was always at 98/99%.

About five years ago I went through some pulmonary function tests which were normal for some short of breath. I also had an echo would showed a tiny hole in my heart that was innocent and not a concern at all. Recently I had another echo done too. Normal.

Anyway, I have been feeling a little bit of fatigue but not major shortness of breath. At times, maybe a little, but nothing significant. I went to my general doctor for the fatigue and I noticed my pulse ox was at 96%. I know, I know, it's not that big of a deal but considering for as long as I can remember, my pulse ox was around 98/99% I have to wonder why I am at 96% now. Should this change be significant or is normal, normal, and 96% is fine?


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Old 05-12-2011, 09:26 PM   #2
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Re: What are normal Pulse Oximeter Numbers?

98 or more is normal. 96 is a little below normal. Certainly not low enough to be dangerous, but a possible sign of respiratory problems.

Anything below 90, doctors start to get seriously concerned.

Did the doctor say anything about why you are tired and short of breath?

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