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How low can oxygen level get before it is fatal?

This area is for Sleep Apnea questions and general Sleep Apnea Discussions.

Postby NoseHose » Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:30 am

I had developed Secondary Polycythemia from extended periods at oxygen levels in the low 80% range.
"My life was restarted on June 29th, 2007"
63 yr. male
pre-CPAP apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) of 64
Prescribed for a 6 but I like to fool with things, and prefer 7
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Postby CrohnieToo » Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:59 am

You're more than welcome, WhiteBeard!!! There are a couple of really good and good-hearted RRTs who often frequent that list and answer questions. Some of the members are quite amazing in what they accomplish despite the severity of their breathing problems.
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Postby nyx » Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:38 pm

Thanks for your reply White Beard. Once I get my VPAP I think I will feel better. It's always nice to breathe when you sleep! If I have any questions I will definitely give you a shout out.

RAJ, I second the idea of rehab. My mother had heart disease, and started on rehab about a week after being diagnosed. Not only did this help her physically, but through the people she met there she found a community to support her.
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