EVER since the Covid-19 pandemic hit, many among us have taken a serious note on health matters, leading to increased knowledge when it comes to staying healthy in these times, so much as that "happy hypoxia" and "pulse oximeter" have become familiar due to exposure on social media platforms.
Since the recent opening up of the economy, however, many people have already started going places and an alarming number have displayed a lackadaisical attitude towards observing SOPs in public spaces - everyone is gathering everywhere like a pandemic has never happened.
Even after being double vaccinated, there is still a need to be vigilant - the Covid-19 virus is continuously mutating and can become increasingly contagious.
Keeping up a regular health monitoring routine at home with a pulse oximeter is still recommended.
However, contrary to popular perception, this practice should not only be confined to Covid-19 patients as a number of other health conditions can also affect your blood oxygen levels:
1. Cardiovascular and cerebrovascular conditions
The accumulation of fat on the inner lining of the blood vessels narrows the vascular cavity and prevents blood from flowing smoothly.
This affects the effective delivery of oxygen to the organs and cells in the body.
After a prolonged period of time, the function of the heart, brain and other organs that consume large amounts of oxygen will slowly decline. If oxygen is not supplied in time, it will lead to sudden death.
Regular use of pulse oximeters to measure blood oxygen saturation in such conditions can effectively diminish such hazards.
2. Respiratory conditions
Breathing difficulties can lead to insufficient oxygen uptake, while persistent asthma will block the small bronchial tubes. Difficulty in gas exchange leads to hypoxia, causing varying degrees of damage to the heart, lungs, brain and even kidneys. Using a pulse oximeter to closely monitor blood oxygen saturation can detect hypoxia early - greatly reducing the incidence of respiratory tract disease.
3. Seniors over 60 years of age
Physiological ageing of organs diminish their efficiency, leading to insufficient oxygen uptake and supply. In these instances, your physical condition will naturally decline. Therefore, seniors should measure their blood oxygen levels every day, and if it drops below normal healthy levels, oxygen should be supplemented as soon as possible.
4. Long working hours over 12 hours a day
In those who work long hours, oxygen consumption of the brain increases, which the oxygen supply cannot meet. In addition to causing dizziness, fatigue, poor memory, slow response and other problems, it will also lead to serious damage to the brain and myocardium and even death from overwork.
5. Athletes who engage in oxygen-intensive exercise and hiking
Real-time blood oxygen monitoring for athletes can help them understand their blood circulation after intensive exercise or exercise undertaken in low-oxygen environments. With this, problems with oxygen or blood delivery can be detected in advance to avoid cyanosis caused by altitude stress.
6. Heavy alcohol consumption
The body needs three units of oxygen to completely break down one unit of alcohol into water and carbon dioxide. Therefore, hypoxia is one of the important manifestations of intoxication, but because heavy drinkers develop a tolerance for alcohol and lack of oxygen, they cannot detect when they are slightly intoxicated.
Make the best choice
When it comes to pulse oximeters, choose one that is certified by the relevant authorities, such as Medisana pulse oximeters. With its wide range of health monitoring devices in addition to pulse oximeters, Medisana should be your first choice as all its products are MDD (EU Medical Devices Directive), MDA (Malaysia Medical Device Authority) and ISO certified for your peace of mind.
Now is the opportunity for you to keep better track of your condition - Medisana is having a promotion for the month from Oct 13 to 31 for its pulse oximeter along with other health devices to help you keep up your health monitoring at home.
On a side note, there will also be a month-long special sale promotion for the Medisana PM 100 pulse oximeter. This is a limited time offer, so hurry up to get yours now.
All you need to do to enjoy this promotion is:
-Enter the promo code “OCT90” to enjoy an extra 10% off.
-For purchase of RM 100 or above, the customer will be entitled to a free recycled bag.
*Terms and conditions apply. Free gift applies only while stocks last.
The promotion link will be available from Oct 13 onwards on the Medisana official store in Lazada.
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*The content in this article is for your reference only. Please consult your healthcare professional for disease diagnosis.