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What are the long term effects of chronic hyperventilation syndrome?

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Dr. Keith Robinson answered

Specializes in Pulmonology

Hmmm...: In physiologic terms, hyperventilation-- chronically-- could not occur due to mechanisms to preserve acid base status on respiratory drive. Respiratory alkalemia (low carbon dioxide) generally leads people to stop breathing in attempt to allow co2 levels to rise. Do you have gen. Anxiety as diagnosis?

Answered 5/27/2013

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Depends on cause: Hyperventilation syndrome can be primary or secondary. Secondary is usually due to a medical reason like metabolic alkalosis, if that's taken care of it resolves. However if psychogenic it will cause medical issues like metabolic alkalosis which will perpetuate hyperventilation, it's like circle one leading to other.

Answered 3/26/2013

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