Hypoxic hypoxia is a result of insufficient oxygen available to the lungs. A blocked airway, a drowning or a reduction in partial pressure (high altitude above 10,000 feet) are examples of how lungs can be deprived of oxygen. Some medical examples are abnormal pulmonary function or respiratory obstruction, or a right-to-left shunt in the heart. Hypoxic hypoxia is seen in patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), neuromuscular diseases or interstitial lung disease.
Some symptoms of hypoxic hypoxia are:
- Decreased reaction time
- Impaired judgment time
- Visual impairment
- Lightheaded or dizzy sensation
- Tingling in fingers and toes
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