Breathing technique can save life during a heart attack

Thinking on your feet and acting quickly remain of paramount importance when you are experiencing a heart attack.

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Thinking on your feet and acting quickly remain of paramount importance when you are experiencing a heart attack. It is scary as you do not know how much time you have till the help arrives or someone notices.

For all you know, you might be alone in an elevator, in your washroom or even in the comfort of your bed when you suspect a heart attack coming up. This is why it is vital to know what needs to be done if you think you are having a heart attack.

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A lot of people may experience mild discomfort and pain in their chest and left arm, before a full-blown heart attack. Additionally, one may also feel lightheaded and nauseous and experience palpitations.

Remember that it is NOT a replacement for immediate medical attention.

The life-saving breathing technique

What if we told you that there a specific breathing technique which has the potential to save your life during a heart attack? Yes, you read that right.
Lifestyle coach Luke Coutinho took to social media platforms to talk in detail about changing the outcome of a heart attack by merely changing the breathing technique. He gave the Chinese the credit for coming up with this breathing exercise.

The Ha-Ku breathing method:

1.Inhale with a “HA” sound

Take in a lot of oxygen with your mouth, making the “HA” sound.
It does not matter how you are sitting, you can be sitting with your back straight or you can be crouched or even laying down sideways.

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2.Exhale with a “KU” sound

Exhale the air like you are trying to cough i.e. a forceful “KU” sound. However, you must inhale deeply before you exhale with a cough sound. You can also replace the “KU” sound with an actual cough but remember that it has to be forceful exhalation. If you do it properly, you will notice the contractions.

3. Repeat

It is important to practice this method a couple of times so that it gets registered in your subconscious mind. Do remember that the “HA” method of inhaling is the first step and followed by the “KU” step of a forceful exhalation.
So this technique goes like Ha – Ku – Ha – Ku – Ha – Ku.

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Why does this exercise work

This method focuses on pushing oxygen through the lungs. With this breathing technique, we try to squeeze the heart to pump more blood.

Simply put, doing this exercise can help to rush the oxygen-rich blood towards your heart, which is exactly what you need during a heart attack or a cardiac arrest.

This technique improves the oxygen saturation level of the blood (SpO2) which can be incredibly helpful in saving the life of the patient in most cases.

A word of caution

Luke also emphasised the importance of practising this breathing technique beforehand. It is also important to understand that learning this technique does not mean that you do not have to go to the hospital during a cardiac arrest or a heart attack.

Remember that it is NOT a replacement for immediate medical attention.

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