What is the role of supplemental oxygen in the treatment of ischemic stroke?

Updated: May 27, 2020
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Supplemental oxygen is recommended when the patient has a documented oxygen requirement (ie, oxygen saturation < 95%). In the small proportion of patients with stroke who are relatively hypotensive, administration of IV fluid, vasopressor therapy, or both may improve flow through critical stenoses.


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