Pulse Oximetry Screening

Pulse Oximetry is a non-invasive method allowing to measure the oxygen saturation in one’s blood. Oxygen that is carried in the blood attaches to hemoglobin molecules. Oxygen saturation is a measure of how much oxygen the blood is carrying as a percetage of the maximum possible. A fit, healthy young person would have an oxygen saturation of 95-99%. This number will vary with age, degree of fitness, altitude at which the test is conducted, oxygen therapy, etc.

There are many things you can do in order to decrease your risk of heart disease. Tobacco smokers are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease. Staying physically active both helps your heart be healthy, and can descrease your weight and body fat as well. Having high blood pressure increases the heart’s workload and can put you at risk as well. These screenings will show you exactly what you should be aware of.

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