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Saturday, April 9, 2011

SHALLOW WATER BLACKOUT

Swimmers and free divers (snorkling without compressed air) may hyperventilate before submerging in order to drive off carbon di oxide and so reduce the stimulus to breathe. The raised ambient pressure maintains a high diver is eventually forced to surface. The resulting cerebral hypoxia is made worse by cerebral vaso construction induced by the low partial pressure of carbon di oxide, and can result in unconsciousness and drowning

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