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In this video clip, I am going to explain how it is possible to stop a heart attack using a simple breathing exercise. This breathing exercise was developed by Russian doctor Buteyko. He taught about 200 Russian medical doctors, how to apply this breathing exercise on thousands of heart disease patients in Soviet Union and later in Russia. First of all, let us consider, what is going on with breathing of heart patients at rest, when they don’t have any heart attack. This is a diagram from my website normalbreathing.com The normal breathing is only 6 litres of air per 1 minute. It’s a very small amount. In 8 medical studies, they found that heart patients breath much more air than the norm. It is known that angina pain, which takes place during a heart attack, is caused by one factor only, low level of oxygen in the heart muscle tissue.
Now the question is then what is going on with oxygenation of the heart muscle when we breathe too much? When we breathe too much we cannot increase oxygenation of our arterial blood, because during normal breathing, which is again very very small, only 6 litres per minute, our arterial blood is about 98% saturated with oxygen. Hence, overbreathing cannot improve oxygenation of the blood. Now, but when we breathe too much, we remove carbon dioxide. And many medical studies found that reduction of carbon dioxide in our body, which is called hypocapnia, causes vasoconstriction, or shrinking of our blood vessels, and that reduces perfusion or blood supply to all vital organs, including brain, heart, kidneys, liver. About 10 years ago, American Journal of cardiology published a study in which 206 patients with a coronary artery spasm where asked to perform a simple test. They were asked to hyperventilate. Here is a quote… So it’s logical to suggest, if they try to breathe little less, they would get more CO2 in the body, and that would dilate blood vessels, improve oxygenation of the heart muscle, and prevent a heart attack.
There is also another related factor, which is exceptionally important for heart patients and all other people. I am talking about breathing route: we can breathe either through the nose or through the mouth. When mouth breathing takes place, we do not utilise one important hormone, which is called “Nitric Oxide”. About 10 years ago, 3 scientists got a Nobel prize for their discovery about a fundamental role of this hormone for the cardiovascular system of the human body. They found it’s a powerful dilator of blood vessels, and when we don’t breathe through the nose, Nitric Oxide cannot be utilized, it’s naturally produced in sinuses of the human body, and blood vessels constrict causing effect similar to hypocapnia, or low level of carbon dioxide, in the human body. Therefore, nasal breathing is fundamental in order to prevent and stop a heart attack, and its crucial for well-being of heart patients. So, what are the 6 simple steps to prevent or stop a heart attack or angina pain? Step number 1: listen to your breathing, you would notice that it is heavy, big and deep.
Now the next step would be to breathe only through the nose. Step number 3: you have to sit down and relax. You should embrace yourself and try to use the diaphragm for breathing, not your chest, because you will notice that your chest breathing is going to be heavy. So what you should do, you should take small inhalations using your diaphragm and then relax for exhalation. Don’t push out air forcefully, just relax. Then take another inhale, which is a little bit smaller than you want, and again relax for exhalation. What would happen during this reduced breathing, so called, you breathe a little bit less (and you will naturally get a desire to breathe more) so called shortage of air or a slight sensation of air hunger. So, if you maintain this slight air hunger for about 2-3 minutes, you would notice that symptoms of angina pain are going to disappear. Russian doctors found that more than 90% of patients are able to prevent heart attacks using this simple breathing exercise. But, in some more severe cases, they found that it’s good for patients to take their medication.
You can probably take only half of your normal dose of medication and compensate the rest by continuing this reduced breathing for another 2, 3, 5 minutes util you feel comfortable so that your angina pain subsides to such a degree that it does not threaten your life anymore. So, if these heart patients learn normal breathing, or if they learn how to breathe in accordance with the medical international norm, these people are going to be very far away from the level of breathing when they are going to have a heart attack. What they need to do is, of course, to learn normal breathing using, for example, the Buteyko breathing method. .
As found on Youtube