What is asphyxia?

Natalya Safonova
Natalya Safonova
January 13, 2015
What is asphyxia?

Asphyxia is probably a well-known word, but not quite clear. What is asphyxia? Let's try to figure it out.

The word "asphyxia" has Greek roots and literally means "no pulse." This medical term refers to asphyxiation caused by various causes. At the same time, the concentration of oxygen in the blood decreases and the percentage of carbon dioxide increases, which can lead to irreversible changes in the brain.

Asphyxia is violent and non-violent. Non-violent is associated with various diseases, for example, such a condition can occur during bronchial asthma, allergic reactions, etc. Forced asphyxia can be caused by many reasons, in particular, by blocking the airways, for example, when drowning in water, if a foreign object enters the airways.