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A 24-year-old male asked:

if a normal respiratory rate is 12-20 breathes per minute for an adult, and mine is about 6-9. is this healthy? i do not have any medical conditions.

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Dr. Phillip Goebel
Emergency Medicine 16 years experience
Measurement bias?: If you are not having any symptoms it is not likely a problem but might be a bias as you know that they are being counted. Generally respiratory rates that low only occur from conscious effort or overdoses on medications.
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Respiratory rate: If you are fit any you have a low resting pulse rate your respiratory rate may be low too. The amount of oxygen you breath in per breath or your ventilation volume is a factor to. If you feel good I do not see this as a problem.

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