A Simple Breathing Exercise for a Balanced Mind

A Simple Breathing Exercise for a Balanced Mind

The human body is designed to breathe. When it breathes properly, the blood flows through the heart and arteries, oxygenated by hemoglobin in red cells.

Oxygen is necessary for all bodily functions including brain function. If there’s no oxygen in the bloodstream, then your brain will not work correctly and you’ll experience symptoms such as dizziness or even death.

When the blood flow to the brain becomes blocked, symptoms include confusion, fatigue, weakness, loss of balance and coordination, nausea and vomiting. You may feel like you’re going to pass out or lose consciousness.

If the blood flow is blocked from one side of the body to another (for example if you have a blockage in your lungs), then symptoms can range from mild discomfort to severe problems such as lung failure or even death.

In most cases, when the blood flow to the brain is blocked, symptoms are temporary and go away within a few minutes. However, sometimes they last longer than that.

For example, if you have a blockage in your stomach, then symptoms can be much worse. Symptoms may include: constipation; diarrhea; abdominal pain; nausea and vomiting; fever and chills. These symptoms usually occur because the stomach is unable to absorb enough nutrients from food into its own tissues.

The result?

Your body starts to break down its own muscles and organs for food.

How long can a blockage last?

This really depends on several different factors. These include the size of the blockage; what’s causing the blockage; how quickly you receive medical treatment; whether or not your body has an underlying condition that affects how it reacts to the blockage. If you’re experiencing symptoms that last longer than a few days, you should contact your doctor immediately.

What’s The Most Common Cause Of A Blockage?

The most common cause of a blockage is a clogged artery. When arteries become clogged, they can’t transport enough blood to the brain. This can cause symptoms that range from mild dizziness to severe vomiting and chest pain. This is commonly known as a “heart attack.” Healthcare professionals call this condition “acute myocardial infarction” or AMI.

When arteries become clogged, they can no longer supply enough blood to the heart. If the blockage occurs in a crucial blood vessel supplying the heart with enough oxygen, then the heart can’t pump blood throughout the body.

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This is called a “heart attack” or acute myocardial infarction (AMI).

This is the most common cause of blockages in the blood vessels. There are two major types of heart attacks: ST-Elevation and Non-ST-Elevation.

ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI)

An ST-elevation myocardial infarction, also known as a STEMI, is the most serious type of heart attack. The ST stands for “ST-segment elevation” and refers to an abnormality in the electrical system of the heart.

The EKG will show a line that looks like a mountain. The higher the line, the worse it is.

The STEMI can occur in different locations of the heart and cause different types of symptoms. For example, it may cause chest pain or left arm pain.

This occurs because the heart is not able to pump enough blood to the body. If you are experiencing any symptoms of a heart attack, you should immediately seek emergency medical attention.

Non-ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (NSTEMI)

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A non-ST-Elevation myocardial infarction, also known as an NSTEMI, isn’t as serious as a STEMI but it’s still considered a heart attack. The main difference between the two is that someone with an NSTEMI does not show an abnormality in the heart’s electrical system.

Instead, blockage is caused by a blood clot or plaque that has built up in one of the arteries.

When this occurs, patients may experience different types of symptoms including neck pain; upper back pain; jaw pain; shortness of breath; chest pain and fatigue. This is because the heart can’t pump enough blood to the brain or body.

If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately.

Who Is At Risk?

Anyone can have a heart attack but some people are at a higher risk than others. The biggest risk factor is age. The older you get, the higher your odds of having a heart attack. Men are also more likely to have a heart attack than women. Certain lifestyle choices such as poor diet, smoking and lack of exercise can all put you at risk as well.

Other factors that can increase your risk of a heart attack include:

High blood pressure

Diabetes

Obesity

Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)

Hereditary factors (such as cholesterol problems)

How Can A Blockage Be Prevented?

There are several ways to help prevent a heart attack, especially if you are at a high risk due to any of the factors listed above.

Stop Smoking: Smoking is terrible for your heart. Nicotine in cigarettes causes your blood pressure to rise, which can definitely lead to a heart attack in the long run.

Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to protect your heart health as well as your overall health.

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Eat A Healthier Diet: Eating a diet high in fat and cholesterol can clog your arteries with plaque. This increases your risk for a heart attack.

Foods that contain cholesterol include: organ meats (such as brains and liver), shrimp, lobster, crab, egg yolks and cheese. Foods that are high in fat include: oils, butter, nuts, avocados, salad dressings and fatty cuts of meat.

Exercise: Regular exercise strengthens your heart and keeps your arteries clear. Some exercise is better than none at all but the more you do, the better!

Walking is great for your heart. Vigorous activity can be too much for someone who is out of shape but it’s still better than doing nothing.

If you think you are at risk for a heart attack or are experiencing any symptoms, you should seek emergency medical treatment immediately.

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