Can a pulse oximeter detect a serious heart problem?


In the following video, Dr. William Scott, Pediatric Cardiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas (USA), provides more information on the topic.

The finger pulse (also known as pulse oximeter) is a simple and minimally invasive device, which through the light measures the oxygen content in the blood. A level which, if found in numbers significantly below 95%, may reveal a serious heart problem.

The first few hours are critical in the case of heart conditions in newborn babies. Therefore, this simple test lasting only a matter of seconds, which is done on a baby’s finger can play a vital role when it comes to addressing the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

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