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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)

Apnea is a symptom in which a person stops breathing for a period of time (about 10-20 seconds) and then starts breathing again. Babies can get apnea from some types of infections. Adults can have sleep apnea, often related to loud snoring and some ...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?

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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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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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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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

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