When someone has a right heart cath, and told what there pulmonary pressure is, I was wondering how this number correlates to being on oxygen.
I would appreciate some examples of pressure and when they had to go on oxygen.
Hi Joan. Your pulmonary artery pressure doesn't determine your need for supplemental oxygen. Your oxygen saturation measured when you are at rest and when you are in motion determines your need for oxygen. Lots of things factor into it and insurance doesn't pay for oxygen unless it is proven that you need it.
You can purchase a pulse oximeter at any pharmacy for around $30.00+ that attaches to your finger and reads your oxygen saturation. Your doctor will also order testing including pulmonary function tests that measure your oxygen saturation. I believe a level of 88% and lower may be the cut-off to determine the need for supplemental oxygen.
Another test that is common is a sleep study to see if you have sleep apnea and/or decreased oxygen levels while lying down/sleeping. Some of us only require supplemental oxygen during sleep. I hope that makes sense. 🫂
I just had a right heart catheterization yesterday and my pulmonary artery pressure was 24. It lowered tremendously from my first heart catheterization back in October 2022 when I was first diagnosed with PH. In October my pressure was 66-67.
I have never been on oxygen at all.
If I am not mistaken, Remodulin is administered on a small, portable pump. The patient is taught how to change out cassettes that contain the medication on a daily basis.
My right side cath showed 50 and normal is around 20,I have been on oxygen for 4 years starting with 2-3 liters now 4to6 liters when exerting or moving around..I also take tyvaso,opsumit,sildenifil,.I have also been on upgravi and adempis and neither one worked.Now I am going to be put on Remodulin injection or pump.If anyone is on Remodulin let me know how it worked and the side effects
Yes, my doctor always stops me when it drops to 88, and I have to increase my oxygen until it goes back up.
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