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Re: Breathing in vaso-vagal episode

From: Hemworth


Dorothy, I too have symptoms similar to you - not passing out but definitely on the brink. You are correct in thinking that the breathing helps to improve the oxygen to the brain. It is important to lie down and get the head below the heart level so that the blood can get to the vital organsand brain - this will not happen sitting down. When the paramedics arrive they will administer pure oxygen which will help protect the vital organs and relieve pressure on the heart. If you would like to discuss further please contact me at


This web site is not a substitute for a thorough medical evaluation and diagnosis of your vaso-vagal type symptoms.  Medical treatment and diagnosis is the only acceptable initial response to these serious symptoms since they might present from any number of life threatening and treatable illnesses. It is for you and your physician to rule out more serious illnesses; Please don't use this online forum as an alternative to getting responsible medical attention and being under the care of a physician for the duration of any unknown, suspected or dangerous vaso-vagal syndrome symptoms.
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