Author Topic: Could the abdominal breath be causing me a too low heartrate?  (Read 1755 times)

boe

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I've been trying to breath through abdomen for a small year now,
but i guess it's only the past few months that the muscles have really loosened up.

The abdominal breath now happens very smoothly and naturally,
even when i'm not consciously watching the breath.

The problem is I suspect that the abdominal breathing has been the cause for my dizziness and weakness the past few months.
Not always, but sometimes...
i have these spells where I have a HR of 60 when i'm doing light activity,
a couple of months ago this was still 75.

i've never really fainted but i've felt really faint before.
i really need the 10 to 15 extra beats.

when these spells happen and i focus on breathing through the chest,
then my heartrate stabilizes itself and i feel fit again very quickly.

Could the abdominal breath be causing me a HR that is too low for my physical fitness level?

Matthew

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Re: Could the abdominal breath be causing me a too low heartrate?
« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2010, 10:17:54 AM »
Could the abdominal breath be causing me a HR that is too low for my physical fitness level?

boe,

Incredibly unlikely. First of all the fitter you are the lower your heart rate will be.

I would look at the more obvious causes first: low blood pressure ... are you drinking enough water regularly? Low blood sugar: are you eating enough regularly. Exercise: are you getting enough regularly?

My first stop would be to go and see my family doctor and get some basic health checks done to make sure you are not just discovering an issue that has been latent all along.

Warm regards,

Matthew
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boe

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Re: Could the abdominal breath be causing me a too low heartrate?
« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2010, 10:40:22 AM »
My blood results are fine,
diet is fine,
blood sugar level fine,
cardiac ecg-stresstest fine...

i'm not fit so my recurrent low HR-spells are not a sign of physical fitness.



For a while, I will probably not practice the whole body breathing,
but instead focus on my upper chest, so that the breath does not sink deeper
and hit the vagus nerve all the time.

I hope this will fix the problem. Just wanted to make this thread to see if you (irreverent) had ever heard of this problem, as you seem to be very knowledgeable about the vagus.
If you have technical objections to why you think my theory can not be correct, please share them to me.
« Last Edit: June 08, 2010, 10:45:46 AM by boe »

Matthew

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Re: Could the abdominal breath be causing me a too low heartrate?
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2010, 10:51:27 AM »
...i'm not fit so my recurrent low HR-spells are not a sign of physical fitness.



For a while, I will probably not practice the whole body breathing,
but instead focus on my upper chest, so that the breath does not sink deeper
and hit the vagus nerve all the time.

I hope this will fix the problem. Just wanted to make this thread to see if you (irreverent) had ever heard of this problem, as you seem to be very knowledgeable about the vagus.
If you have technical objections to why you think my theory can not be correct, please share them to me.

This won't really "fix" the problem. The problem is more likely due to your general lack of fitness given everything else you said. The Buddha used to swim pretty much daily. A strong back is essential for abdominal breathing to work. Modern living leads to weak backs.

Introducing 2 or 3 one hour aerobic exercise sessions a week and some yoga/pilates or exercises to strengthen you back will fix this problem. Not doing abdominal breathing will keep you stuck where you are to some (possibly great) extent.

Warmly,

Matthew
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