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What is asphyxia?

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Asphyxia happens when you don't get enough oxygen, and carbon dioxide levels rise in your body.

When you breathe normally, first you take in oxygen. Your lungs send that oxygen into your blood, which carries it to your tissues. Then your cells use it to make energy. Any interruption to that process can make you pass out or even lose your life.

From: What Is Asphyxia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Medscape: "Pathology of Asphyxial Death."

Mayo Clinic: "Carbon Monoxide Poisoning."

National Safety Council: "Choking Prevention and Rescue Tips."

The National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention: Suffocation, Choking and Strangulation."

MedlinePlus: "Opioid Overdose."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Birth Asphyxia."

CDC: "Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on August 15, 2019

SOURCES:

Medscape: "Pathology of Asphyxial Death."

Mayo Clinic: "Carbon Monoxide Poisoning."

National Safety Council: "Choking Prevention and Rescue Tips."

The National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention: Suffocation, Choking and Strangulation."

MedlinePlus: "Opioid Overdose."

Seattle Children's Hospital: "Birth Asphyxia."

CDC: "Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on August 15, 2019

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