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How long can you stop breathing before you become unconscious?

How long can you stop breathing before you become unconscious?

A few minutes: Actually, it depends upon many factors. Breath holding is practiced by some who want to set records, but they train, hyperventilate & fill the lungs with 100% oxygen. Even so, oxygen deprivation & carbon dioxide elevations may cause damage or death, so it is not a good idea. For most, maximum voluntary breath holding does not exceed 1 or 2 minutes, or loss of consciousness & death may occur. Mfm. ...Read more

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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


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If a baby passes out, how can I make sure they are still breathing while unconscious?

If a baby passes out, how can I make sure they are still breathing while unconscious?

ABC: If baby is unconcious conduct quick evaluation: check the airway , check for breathing by looking at chest and abdominal wall movements and listenning with your ear to baby's nostrills and mouth and possibly feeling flow of the air on your ear/cheek also skin would turn pale or cyanotic if not breathing, and finaly check heart rate. Recomend to take basic life support training with such concerns. ...Read more

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If i knock myself unconscious a few times with the breathing thing will it really damage me?

If i knock myself unconscious a few times with the breathing thing will it really damage me?

Possibly: I assume you are hyperventilating and passing out or holding your breath and passing out. Normally you can not do this to the point of death, you pass out before that occurs but in passing out you can suffer trauma falling etc. This is not a good practice ...Read more

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If someone is unconscious, but breathing, do you need to perform cpr?

If someone is unconscious, but breathing, do you need to perform cpr?

No: If they have a pulse and are breathing, there is no need for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or chest compressions. Unconscious people can have both, one or none of the above. In the new guidelines for cpr, if you come across someone who is unconscious and not breathing, start doing rapid chest compressions. Trained medical professionals are encouraged to look for a pulse before starting cpr. ...Read more

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Every morning I wake up with gas discomfort, i was told I'm Breathing through mouth while sleeping, how can I change this unconscious habbit?

Every morning I wake up with gas discomfort, i was told I'm Breathing through mouth while sleeping, how can I change this unconscious habbit?

Sleep study: You may benefit from a sleep study if your nocturnal mouth open breathing is associated with snoring. I doubt that your symptoms of feeling bloated are a direct consequence of this habit since you don't keep your mouth open all night long. More questions: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi Virtual appointment Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more

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Mom found unconscious this morning from fall (unconscious 8 hrs later). Trouble breathing . Docs giving antibiotics 2 try 2 help. What does That mean?

Depends: Unconsciousness after a fall requires immediate attention and brain imaging to rule out subdual hematoma or other etiologies. Patients who loose consciousness may aspirate and develop pneumonia that requires antibiotics. ...Read more