Symptoms of hypoxia
- Shortness of breath while resting;
- Waking up out of breath;
- Severe shortness of breath after physical activity;
- Feelings of choking;
- Frequent coughs;
- Bluish discoloration of the skin.
Complications of hypoxia
Untreated COPD hypoxia may also lead to:
- Depression and other mood disorders;
- High blood pressure (hypertension);
- Pulmonary hypertension;
- Increased heart rate
- Heart failure;
- Acute respiratory failure;
- Secondary polycythemia (abnormal increase in the number of red blood cells).
Oxygen therapy and treatments for hypoxia
- Blood pressure medication;
- Heart medication;
- An inhaler;
- Bronchodilators to relax airways;
- Steroids for airway inflammation.
- Secondhand smoke;
- Air pollution;
- Chemicals or dust in the air.
Review Date: February 8, 2017 | Last Modified: January 25, 2017
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