Swimming and loss of consciousness

T. Suzuki, N. Ikeda, K. Umetsu, S. Kashimura

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Under certain circumstances, even a good swimmer may drown during swimming exercise. Two cases of drowning, a survivor and a dead, during swimming exercise in swimming-pool are described. These cases and experimental researches with dogs indicate that the initial aspiration of water may cause extremely low heart rate and low blood pressure by reflex vagal inhibition, which deprive a good swimmer of his consciousness and make him drown.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-126
Number of pages6
JournalZeitschrift für Rechtsmedizin
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1985
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anatomy
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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