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How long can someone be not breathing underwater and still survive intact?

How long can someone be not breathing underwater and still survive intact?

Depends on temp/size: In general, not breathing for 3 - 4 minutes will render you unconscious, and at 10 minutes brain damage starts becoming permanent. But if you are immersed in cold water, and especially if you are small so your body cools quickly, then much longer times of immersion without breathing are possible - there are cases of children in ice-water surviving intact after 66 mins under water. (20 mins adult). ...Read more

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Dr. Patrick Melder
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Apnea (Definition)

This is the cessation of breathing for 10 seconds or more. Most apnea is obstructive being caused by collapse or obstruction of the airway leading to lack of air flow. However, it can be a central process, where the respiratory center of the brain fails to signal the respiratory respiratory system to initiate a breath. Lastly, some apnea is mixed central ...Read more


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If a murmur is found in an unresponsive cardiac arrest 5 week old infant, does that mean he still has a heart beat? My 5 week old son died on november 18th and i woke to find him not breathing or responding and he was a little pale.. The emt's and the doc

If a murmur is found in an unresponsive cardiac arrest 5 week old infant, does that mean he still has a heart beat? My 5 week old son died on november 18th and i woke to find him not breathing or responding and he was a little pale.. The emt's and the doc

I : I am so sorry for your tragic loss. Are you sure that the doctors didn't mean that he had a murmur in the past and that he was in asystole when the you found him? If this is important for you to know, i'd hope your son's pediatrician would be able to clarify the situation for you. ...Read more

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Why am I not breathing hard during my workout?

Why am I not breathing hard during my workout?

Not enough: Because you are likely not exerting enough. If you are doing cardio - target hr should be 220-age. If lifting... You are likely not lifting heavy enough weights or not performing enough reps. ...Read more

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Should you give cpr when someone is not breathing but has a pulse or the other way around?

Clear airway: If there is a pulse, open mouth and clear airway. If they are breathing without a pulse, chest thump. ...Read more

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I have heard that anesthesia is "like poisoning someone near to the point of death and then reviving them, " and thatyou're "not breathing on your own." is it true?

I have heard that anesthesia is "like poisoning someone near to the point of death and then reviving them, " and thatyou're "not breathing on your own." is it true?

Not even close: Many patients under general anesthesia breathe on their own. Anesthesia is extremely safe (safer than driving ur car). If the patient is undergoing an open thoracic or open or laparoscopic abdominal procedure they will need some amount of muscle relaxation. Most other procedures I have patients breathe for themselves whether they are intubated or have an lma. ...Read more

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What would paramedic do: broken spine and not breathing?

Intubation: The paramedic quickly assesses the patient, if not breathing he may have to incubate and ventilate to deliver enough oxygen. If suspicion of fracture of spine, the paramedic will immobilize the patient until he is transported to the hospital for definitive care. ...Read more

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While sleeping i feel like my chest is caving in , not breathing right?

While sleeping i feel like my chest is caving in , not breathing right?

Nose blocked: You may be experiencing a partisan blockage of air flow. Could be partial obstructive sleep apnea or just partial nasal obstruction. Speak to your doctor about your symptoms. ...Read more

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I feel like I don't need to breathe or I'm not breathing enough, feeling weightless,weakness?

I feel like I don't need to breathe or I'm not breathing enough, feeling weightless,weakness?

A lot of things...: This is a broad set of complaints that could be from any number of causes - at the age of 21, the likelihood of it being a significant physical issue is low. If it persists, see your physician. They can order simple blood tests to make sure you aren't anemic. You may want to consider other non-physical causes such as anxiety or stress. ...Read more

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What do you do if a baby is not breathing right after it's born?

What do you do if a baby is not breathing right after it's born?

Baby breathing: We essentially help the baby breathe, even intubate if we need to and assist with breathing. ...Read more

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Is breathing something we control or our body controls. Always feel like i'm not breathing right or taking in enough air.

Is breathing something we control or our body controls. Always feel like i'm not breathing right or taking in enough air.

Although you: Can over-ride it to an extent, your body has central "thermostats" that control how rapidly and deeply you breath. It's generally very good at adjusting it as needed. ...Read more

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What happens if you are running and not breathing?

Hypoxia: Hypoxia leading to acidosis and co2 retention, leading to fatigue and headache from abnormal cerebral vscular dilation. ...Read more

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If an unresponsive victim is not breathing or only gasping, what should be the first aid response?

If an unresponsive victim is not breathing or only gasping, what should be the first aid response?

Assess: In an adult victim following bls/acls protocol you want to assess and call for help *911 since getting AED or other medical help is imperative when it cardiac cause. Want to make sure that the patient's airway is open and not blocked but in victim unresponsive you may not know enough about any neck trauma. Start CPR if no pulse, chest compressions 100x a minute. There is protocol. ...Read more

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Could not breathing be related to an enlarged heart?

Could not breathing be related to an enlarged heart?

Yes: A heart enlarges when heart failure develops. A cardinal symptom of heart failure is breathlessness, initially with exertion, and when more advanced, at rest. ...Read more

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Can not breathing out cause throat to swell?

Can not breathing out cause throat to swell?

Doubt it: Holding your breath can cause laryngeal dilation which could lead to relative supra glottic stricture. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more