It is a known fact that oxygen is a basic human need for physical survival and while suffocation is the result when an individual completely lacks air, dangerous conditions occur as a result of low oxygen over an extended amount of time. Normal blood oxygen levels are approximately 85mm Hg.
Hypoxemia is a condition of deficient oxygen levels in the blood (oxygen desaturation as low as 60mm Hg) , which can cause hypoxia - a low amount of oxygen that is able to reach the cells and tissues. Some symptoms of hypoxia are:
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