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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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Can a healthy person stop breathing helpppp?

Can a healthy person stop breathing helpppp?

Sleep apnea: Many people with sleep apnea are unaware of their abnormal breathing in sleep, and all patients underestimate how often their sleep is interrupted. Awakening from sleep causes sleep to be unrefreshing and causes fatigue and daytime sleepiness.Causes of obstructive sleep apnea: small upper airway, small lower face, a small mouth, and tongue too large for the mouth.Obesity, large tonsils in children. ...Read more

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Can a healthy person choose to just stop breathing?

Can a healthy person choose to just stop breathing?

Yes but...: That person will be forced to breathe by his brainstem in a few minutes. Tales of magicians and martial artists dying of breath-holding are entertainment, not fact. ...Read more

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What to do if I am feeling like I'm gonna stop breathing?

What to do if I am feeling like I'm gonna stop breathing?

Stopping breathing: You won't stop - you breathe to get rid of excessive carbon dioxide and when those levels rise you will breathe. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can make someone. Just stop breathing although they are perfectly healthy?

Is there anything that can make someone. Just stop breathing although they are perfectly healthy?

Is it while sleeping: If someone snores and stops breathing periodically while sleeping it is sleep apnea. It needs evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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My breathing feels a lot slower than usual, to the point where I get afraid that it may stop. What could be wrong?

My breathing feels a lot slower than usual, to the point where I get afraid that it may stop. What could be wrong?

Talk to a doctor: It sounds like it may be anxiety although there are rarer causes of breathing difficulties so you would probably benefit from talking to a doctor. Stay safe! ...Read more

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I'm scared I'm going to die all the time and its really starting to get me down I keep watching my breathing and I can't stop it help me?

I'm scared I'm going to die all the time and its really starting to get me down I keep watching my breathing and I can't stop it help me?

Fear: You should consult with your doctor to rule out any medical concerns and if you are cleared call a mental health professional who can help you uncover the reasons for your fear. Something is troubling you and it is manifesting itself as fear of dying. This is difficult to sort out, also confide in someone close to you about the anxieties or conflicts in your life that may be related. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Last night I coughed and I chocked and stop breathing I went to the dr the other day and she gave me medcine for that but that last night scared me?

Last night I coughed and I chocked and stop breathing I went to the dr the other day and she gave me medcine for that but that last night scared me?

Sounds like: You may have sleep apnea. are you overweight? do you snore? Are you sleepy during the day? Do you have a large neck? Talk to your doctor about your concerns, if you answered yes to a couple of the above questions it may be helpful to see a sleep doc. ...Read more

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Is breathing invol or vol? Can person just stop breathing for no reason

Both: Breathing is partly voluntary, mostly involuntary. You can temporarily hold your breath or breathe more deeply and rapidly as a conscious decision, but mostly breathing is carried on without you thinking about it. And no, someone cannot stop breathing for no reason. There will always be a reason. ...Read more

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Why do grapes stop me from breathing?

Why do grapes stop me from breathing?

Allergy?: Swelling of the airway and lips can occur with a variety of foods. This may be the case. There is not something that paralzes the muscles but that would be something of concern too. ...Read more

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What caused me to stop breathing while I was sleeping?

What caused me to stop breathing while I was sleeping?

Sleep apnea?: That is the definition of sleep apnea. It is either central or obstructive. Central apneas arise from the central nervous system - you don't try to breathe. Obstructive apnea (osa) arises when the airway is completely or partly obstructed, by the tongue, uvula, soft palate, tonsils, adenoids, etc. Accompanied by a drop in blood oxygen, it is life threatening and raises risk of many conditions. ...Read more

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I have been taking escitalopram (feliz-s) 10 mg for about a week and I'm starting to have difficulty breathing. Should I stop my medication?

I have been taking escitalopram (feliz-s) 10 mg for about a week and I'm starting to have difficulty breathing. Should I stop my medication?

Yes and be seen now: Any new symptom in the setting of a new medicine should raise the possibility of an allergy. Not breathing well is a scary and serious problem. Please be seen right away as other things can cause it. As you have only been on the medicine for a week, it is likely safe to stop now, but talk with the physician immediately. ...Read more

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My question is what causes a person to stop breathing while asleep?

We don't: Normally these is no loss of respiration with sleep however some obstruct the airway and stop breathing until their brain wakens them momentarily and makes them gasp for air.
Common causes
Obesity
Large tonsils
Thick neck
Overweight
less common pharyngeal masses ...Read more

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Will I stop breathing during anesthesia?

Will I stop breathing during anesthesia?

It depends: It is possible to breathe entirely on your own during general anesthesia, depending on the type of surgery you have. With some types of airway devices such as an lma, you don't have to be on a ventilator. However, major operations on the abdomen or chest, for example, usually require a breathing tube and the patient does not resume breathing on his own until the surgery is over. ...Read more

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Can breathing usually stop before circulation fails?

Can breathing usually stop before circulation fails?

More in kids: Typically in adults breathing stops after circulation fails and we can see what we term 'agonal respirations.' this is one of the reasons that the american heart association now believes CPR is more important than rescue breathing. The opposite happens in kids, respirations stop first. ...Read more

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How long after someone stops breathing can you still revive him?

Depends on temp: Depending on the patient's temperature from 4 minutes to hours. People who are immersed in very cold water may often do quite well up to 1-2 hours after drowning. Most patients suffer severe brain injury after 2 to 4 minutes of no breathing. ...Read more

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Is breathing involuntary or voluntary, can you stop breathing at anytime???

Is breathing involuntary or voluntary, can you stop breathing at anytime???

Both: One can control breathing consciously, but the subconscious brain really runs things and takes over control of breathing when the conscious mind lets it go. ...Read more

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Stop breathing when I try to sleep. Can't sleep for many days. What can I do today?

Visit a Sleep Clinic: Visit a sleep disorders clinic, and they can begin to help you identify the cause of your sleeplessness and why you stop breathing. They may recommend a full-night sleep evaluation to determine what is causing your symptoms. You may be experiencing sleep apnea, especially if you are male, overweight, smoke, or have a neck larger than 17 in., but you need an evaluation to determine the problem. ...Read more

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If you kept thinking in. Your head you could make your self stop breathing would that happen?

If you kept thinking in. Your head you could make your self stop breathing would that happen?

Breathing: Breathing is handled by aspects of the body that are on autopilot. If you feel the sense you may stop breathing or have such thoughts this sometimes can be a symptom of anxiety. Alternatively air hunger can be associated with other diseases such as a blood clot. I don't think you have such a thing but you need to talk to your doctor about it if it is of concern. ...Read more

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What to do if I had a sleep test done, I stop breathing 149 times per hour. How common is that?

What to do if I had a sleep test done, I stop breathing 149 times per hour. How common is that?

No: That would be an ahi of about 15, indicating a mild/moderate level of obstructive sleep apnea. This is a serious life threatening or life shortening condition that can prematurely cause death. Not common and not to br ignored. Seek professional help asap! ...Read more

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If I stop taking Breo will it make my breathing more difficult. I couldn't afford to pay for it.

If I stop taking Breo will it make my breathing more difficult. I couldn't afford to pay for it.

Hard to speculate: The need for or benefit of any medication is based on individual needs. You have not provided any information on why it was prescribed or what your daily symptom pattern or lung function studies are. How this will affect your daily activities is thus unknown. ...Read more

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I know breathing is a invol \ vol action but when peoples say they can't breath can you really stop breathing and die? Helpppp

Usually they feel: Short of breath. It can be caused by anything from a panic attack (which will not kill you) to a severe asthma attack which can kill you without treatment. ...Read more

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Is it normal for babies to seem to stop breathing for a few seconds and then resume? 3mo old sometimes seems to do, for 5 seconds.

Is it normal for babies to seem to stop breathing for a few seconds and then resume? 3mo old sometimes seems to do, for 5 seconds.

Periodic breathing: This is normal. It is called periodic breathing and is due to immature nervous system. As the baby gets older it will occur less often. ...Read more

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I can wake up during the night and it feels like I'm holding my breath but I don't know if I stop breathing or not. Is this worrying?

Probably do: It does sound like sleep apnea and everytime you realize that it is happening there are times when you are not able to realize because you could be in deeper sleep. This can be dangerous. See a physician and let them know so you can have a sleep test (either at home or in a sleep lab). ...Read more