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Oxygen and Blood Pressure

When I'm moving around the apartment, I usually don't wear my oxygen tubing and I've begun to notice that when my oxygen level gets too low (below 88% blood oxygen level), my blood pressure goes up drastically. Is this normal, or just me? Either way, I'm going keep a closer eye on my oxygen level.

  1. I can’t praise Pulmonary Rehab and those that work in it enough. I did it once before and blah but 3 yrs. later I did another one and it was fantastic. The facilities and equipment worked great and got me into exercising. Everyone with breathing issues really needs to go to a Pulmonary Rehab class. Mine lasted about 2 mo. and by then the routine becomes second nature. I hope people take advantage of this fantastic rehabilitation that seems to be offered most places now. I’m thinking of moving and have already looked up these programs so I can hopefully use the exercise there but if not then it’s buy my own treadmill. It really goes help your lungs and you being able to breath easier even if you’re on oxygen which I am to exercise and walk.

    1. Hi again, runts, and thanks for your further explanation and feedback on pulmonary rehabilitation and the value it offers. We appreciate your input. Leon (site moderator)

  2. Hi runts and thanks so much for your post. We appreciate you bringing us up-to-date on your current exercise routine and just how successful you are using it. It must be very gratifying for you especially to be able to gauge your improvement to such an extent! Keep up the good work! Hopefully, others will read of your success with exercising and get some ideas for themselves. Warm regards, Leon (site moderator)

    1. Something that has definitely helped my saturation is exercise. I started back up and do not use my oxygen like I had to before. I can feel the difference and my BP has also dropped a lot. So now I’m on a treadmill 2-3 times a week for 2 miles each time 45-55 min. and am hoping to add more miles so I can continue to feel better for a long time.

      1. Hi Runts - It's so great that you're seeing an improvement in your O2 saturation with exercise. I don't doubt it at all! I spent a bit of my career in Pulmonary Rehab and that was one of the first signs of improvement we would see. It was always so satisfying; for me and the person that was being helped.

        Keep it up and let us know if you see further changes. We'd love to hear about it.

        Regards,
        Lyn (site moderator)

    2. Hi again, j914 and thanks for your comment sharing your situation at home with your oxygen saturation levels and blood pressure. In view of your concerns, I thought this article might provide you with some additional insight on this issue: https://copd.net/living/safe-blood-oxygen-saturation-levels/. I do hope you find it to be helpful. Warmly, Leon (site moderator)

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