State of the art review: from the seaside to the bedside: insights from comparative diving physiology into respiratory, sleep and critical care

Citation:
Ponganis, PJ.  2019.  State of the art review: from the seaside to the bedside: insights from comparative diving physiology into respiratory, sleep and critical care. Thorax. 74:512-518.

Date Published:

2019/05

Keywords:

blood-flow, carbon-monoxide, carboxyhemoglobin levels, cerebral tolerance, functional-properties, hemoglobin-oxygen-affinity, hypoxia tolerance, nitric-oxide, pulmonary surfactant system, respiratory system, sea lions

Abstract:

Anatomical and physiological adaptations of animals to extreme environments provide insight into basic physiological principles and potential therapies for human disease. In that regard, the diving physiology of marine mammals and seabirds is especially relevant to pulmonary and cardiovascular function, and to the pathology and potential treatment of patients with hypoxaemia and/or ischaemia. This review highlights past and recent progress in the field of comparative diving physiology with emphasis on its potential relevance to human medicine.

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DOI:

10.1136/thoraxjnl-2018-212136