By Col Wajid Hussain
The practice of slow, gentle breathing from the diaphragm relaxes and dilates blood vessels, resulting in improved blood gas regulation and controlling of blood pressure. Also moderate-intensity exercise, such as a brisk walk or a light jog or cycle results in increased production of nitric oxide improving blood flow significantly and controlling BP.
Heart palpitations is characterized by a fast heartbeat and occasionally a feeling that the “heart would beat right out of chest”. The average heart rate is between 60 and 80 bpm, but for those suffering from palpitations , the resting pulse can be about 90 bpm. This trouble is common to people who are are prone to anxiety and stress. The suffers usually sigh every few minutes, lifting their shoulders and taking in a large breath, which needs to be curbed. It could be done by holding the breath or swallow any time they felt a sigh coming on. If by chance one misses one, they should hold the breath for 10 seconds to compensate for the over breathing.
Breathing in excess of normal metabolic requirements due to stressful situations or mouth breathing at night causes a reduced concentration of carbon dioxide in the blood. This can affect cardiac functioning by decreasing the circulation of blood in the blood vessels and reducing blood flow to the heart. The best way of increasing carbon dioxide levels in the blood is by reducing breathing volume by doing 4 breath holds each in the morning and evening. These will result in improved blood flow, providing the heart with a ready and reliable supply of oxygen. — Pak Destiny