We all have the capacity to be aware of surroundings, but we’re so caught up with our own lives that we tend to forget about these conditions that don’t require external stimulus.
These conditions are called “breathing difficulties” and are caused by certain conditions such as neurological disorders, brain injury, and heart disease. They can also be caused by medical procedures like surgery and medications.
There are 2 different types of breathing difficulties: acute and chronic. Acute breathing difficulties occur when the body has no effective way of maintaining adequate blood flow and organs are unable to supply the required oxygen and nutrients. Chronic breathing difficulties are caused when the body is unable to regulate blood flow, oxygenation, and nutrients. For example, if your heart is failing, it can happen to your brain. When you have a brain injury, breathing difficulties may be caused by a lack of oxygen.
That’s it. You have a heart that is failing. You have an oxygen level that needs to be regulated. You have a brain that is not functioning. When you have these two things going for you, your breathing may go haywire. It may not be painful, but it can be very annoying and frustrating.
The condition it’s most similar to is cyanide poisoning. People who have cyanide poisoning can suffer from severe headaches, vomiting, and breathing difficulties. It’s also known as “stupor.” This condition can be extremely bad if your breathing gets very limited, so try to keep your oxygen levels up to help compensate for this.
It’s also sometimes known as apnea. This is when your breathing does not resume until you are told to do so by a doctor. This is when you can still breathe though you can’t, even if you are told to by a doctor.
For a couple of years our crew had been drinking water, so the problem was not so much that there was an oxygen deficit, but that some blood pressure was going to be as high as 40-45 percent, which is very dangerous. We were forced to try very hard to make it to the right side of the heart, but we eventually lost the oxygen supply and the blood pressure went down drastically. If you try to pump oxygen into the blood, your heart won’t work like normal.
Most people who go down this route have a very rapid heartbeat and, even if you are told to by a doctor, you are expected to have a rapid heartbeat or you are dead. But let’s be real. Many deaths from hypothermia in the U.S. are due to delayed CPR, in which an ambulance driver is told to wait so they can get a regular person to the hospital.
Hypothermia is usually caused by heat stroke, or heat exhaustion which is simply being out of water for too long. People are also at risk from the other side of the coin, i.e. from the heat stroke. If you do get hypothermia, there are three things you can do, which basically means you need to be prepared for it in any case. First, keep the body warm by applying a heat pack or wrap. Second, wear gloves and a jacket.