Death by Asphyxiation Horror (Horror Picture)

August 14, 2009 / 11510

Horror (Horror Picture)

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Asphyxia (from Greek a-, “without” and σφυγμός (sphygmos), “pulse, heartbeat”) is a condition of severely deficient supply of oxygen to the body that arises from being unable to breathe normally. An example of asphyxia is choking. Asphyxia causes generalized hypoxia, which primarily affects the tissues and organs.

A common form of is from entering a low oxygen atmosphere or an inert atmosphere - such as a food oil tanks, that have a covering blanket of nitrogen or argon to shield the oil from atmospheric oxygen, thus preventing rancidity.The body creates the need to breath from the excess carbon dioxide in the lungs; and yet the body has no way to detect the absence of oxygen. Many gases, though non-toxic, are classified as simple asphyxiants in their pure form or in high concentrations for this very reason.

In the absence or near absence of sufficient oxygen to sustain life people act normally; and with no warning, they simply feel dizzy and then black out in a matter of seconds - as the remaining oxygen in the blood stream is consumed. Oxygen deficient atmospheres are the basis for many single and multiple deaths occurring - as the deceased will be observed lying prone in the bottom of a tank, and then the observer will rush in to rescue them, and succumb to the same effect. Hence the need to vent or purge the inert gases from all tanks before entry.

The use of simple asphyxiant gases such as the inhalation of pure helium for entertainment purposes - has resulted in death and brain injury from oxygen deficiency.

Oxygen deficient atmospheres - where the oxygen has been consumed or has been displaced by inert and non toxic gases such as methane, argon, helium, nitrogen etc.
Carbon monoxide inhalation, such as from a car exhaust: carbon monoxide has a higher affinity than oxygen to the hemoglobin in the blood’s red blood corpuscles, bonding with it tenaciously, and, in the process, displacing oxygen and preventing the blood from transporting it around the body
Contact with certain chemicals, including pulmonary agents (such as phosgene) and blood agents (such as hydrogen cyanide)
Self-induced hypocapnia by hyperventilation, as in shallow water or deep water blackout and the choking game
A seizure which stops breathing activity
Sleep apnea
Drug overdose
Ondine’s curse, central alveolar hypoventilation syndrome, or primary alveolar hypoventilation, a disorder of the autonomic nervous system in which a patient must consciously breathe; although it is often said that persons with this disease will die if they fall asleep, this is not usually the case
Acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Exposure to extreme low pressure or vacuum


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