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causes of holding breath

A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
61 years experience Internal Medicine
Holding Breath: During sleep, people with sleep apnea have brief periods of ceasing of breathing. Breath holding while alert has to be voluntary as our cyclical perio ... Read More

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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
24 years experience Family Medicine
No harm: Though it can certainly help if you were to fall into water and could not get out.
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Probably not: Many people who enjoy swimming or diving practice holding their breaths so they can go farther without coming up for air. On the other hand, any activ ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
57 years experience Family Medicine
Fear,pain,trauma: It is a responce to fear, or as a result of trauma or pain, or if the infant is startled and confronted there is some association with iron deficienc ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emanuel Winocur
67 years experience Psychiatry
Love to Life: It is an involuntary reflex. As long as we are alive and healthy our body maintain active all functions.
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
40 years experience Holistic Medicine
No: Unless you are holding your breath for unusually long times (like 4 minutes) it's unlikely your blood oxygen levels are getting dangerously low & even ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alvaro Aranda
35 years experience Pulmonology
No: it will increase your strength on it but not to collapse. Remember breathing oxygenates holding too much will not help to get more oxygen
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. John O'Malley
54 years experience Child Psychiatry
See your family MD: Your family doctor would be in the best position to help with breathing and evaluating whether there are problems. The answer could be as simple as a ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ayisha Gani
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Arrhythmia: Heart rate does gets slower and faster with different phases of respiration called sinus arrhythmia, it is not a pathological problem it does gets pro ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Boris Aronzon
24 years experience Anesthesiology
Depends: You need physical exam by physician and he needs to know your symptoms.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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Not a great idea: Breath holding willmake you feel dizzy: asphysiation...can lead to death-stangling, smothering, gagging,choking- consult both a psychologist and a fun ... Read More

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