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How to Stop or Prevent a Heart Attack (Breathing Exercise)

Breathing rates (minute ventilation) of heart patients at rest

Effects of overbreathing on brain oxygen levels About a decade ago, Japanese medical doctors conducted a study with over 200 heart patients. These patients were asked to hyperventilate. As a result, 100% of them naturally experienced coronary artery spasms (Nakao et al, 1997). If heavy breathing causes heart attacks, then breathing less could stop a heart attack even at home in as little as 30 seconds (up to 2-3 min in harder cases).

A leading Soviet physiologist Dr. Konstantin Buteyko, MD, PhD, developed a system for breathing normalization. It is now known as the Buteyko breathing method. Dr. Buteyko and his medical colleagues used this method for many thousands of Soviet and Russian heart patients. (I translated many Russian medical papers.) One of their breathing exercises helps to stop a heart attack, in most cases, naturally at home without using medication. How?

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How to stop your heart attack (instructions)

Man tries to stop his heart attack In order to stop a heart attack naturally or at home, sit down in any chair, couch, sofa or divan for better relaxation. If there are no objects to sit on, sit on the ground or floor, e.g. on your knees or with criss-crossed legs. Relax all your muscles.

Next, instead of taking your usual huge inhalation, take a slightly smaller inhalation (only about 5-10% less) and then immediately relax all muscles, especially upper chest and all other breathing muscles. Take another (smaller) inhalation and again completely relax.

With each breath, take a small or reduced inhalation and then completely relax. You will soon experience light air hunger. The goal is to preserve this light level of air hunger for 2-3 minutes (sometimes 30 seconds are enough). See the video or more details related to this breathing exercise "How to stop heart attack fast".

The breathing can be frequent during this reduced or shallow breathing but this is OK. If you do the exercise correctly, you will notice that your angina pain due to your heart attack disappears.

Heart attacks and medication

If you cannot alleviate the upcoming attack in 5 minutes, use 1/3 of your standard medication. After taking medication, repeat the breathing exercise, monitoring the severity of the symptoms. If it is still not possible to stop an attack, again take 1/3 of your usual dose. Do the breathing exercise once more. Russian medical doctors and practitioners found that most patients could eliminate their symptoms in 1-5 minutes.


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