Receive Pulse Oximetry When You Need It in Orlando, FL
Your body must take in a certain amount of oxygen to perform its vital functions. Within just a few seconds, pulse oximetry—a relatively simple and needle-free test—can measure your heart rate and oxygen saturation level, which is the percentage of your red blood cells that are carrying oxygen. This information can help your physician determine whether your heart and lungs are supplying sufficient oxygen to meet your body’s needs.
When Is Pulse Oximetry Recommended?
Your physician may suggest pulse oximetry if:
- You experience shortness of breath or other respiratory symptoms
- You are diagnosed with a heart or lung condition that could affect your blood oxygen levels, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, or heart failure
- You snore, sometimes stop breathing during your sleep, have excessive daytime sleepiness, or have other symptoms of sleep apnea
Pulse oximetry can be performed as a one-time check, or it can be used to continually monitor blood oxygen levels during a sleep study or surgical procedure.
What Happens During Pulse Oximetry?
You don’t have to do anything special to prepare for pulse oximetry. However, to help ensure an accurate reading, you may be asked to remove your nail polish or trim your nails beforehand.
During the test, a medical professional will place a small, clip-like device known as a pulse oximeter on your finger, toe, or ear. Using a special type of light, a sensor in the pulse oximeter will measure the amount of oxygen in the red blood cells traveling through the blood vessels underneath your skin.
What Do the Results Mean?
A blood oxygen level lower than 89% may indicate that you do not have enough oxygen in your blood to adequately nourish all the cells and tissues in your body. This may leave you feeling tired and weak or cause other symptoms such as pale skin, jaundice, dizziness, or fainting. If necessary, your physician will explain your next steps, which may include the use of supplemental oxygen.
If you’re a member of Optimum Direct Care, you can receive pulse oximetry any time you need it at our office Orlando, Florida. For your convenience and peace of mind, this service—along with many others—is included in your monthly membership fee. Contact us today to learn more or ask about membership.