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Dr. Charles Davant
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Hyperventilation (Overview)

A clinical finding in which a person breathes at a faster rate than is normal. This can occur due to breathing conditions, exercise, or panic attacks.


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What causes hyperventilation and vomiting she is 33 and has been experiencing these symptoms for aweek

What causes hyperventilation and vomiting she is 33 and has been experiencing these symptoms for aweek

Many things: This patient could be suffering from a number of problems. My recommendation is to be seen in the er as soon as possible. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Davant
267 Doctors shared insights

Hyperventilation (Overview)

A clinical finding in which a person breathes at a faster rate than is normal. This can occur due to breathing conditions, exercise, or panic attacks.


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Can a person hyperventilate in hot weather in the summer time? What I mean is does the sun cause hyperventilation in some people?

Can a person hyperventilate in hot weather in the summer time? What I mean is does the sun cause hyperventilation in some people?

Hyperventilation: I imagine you are asking if some people pant when they get hot? No. Animals pant in attempts to cool themselves. Humans have sweat glands. ...Read more

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How do you treat idiopathic chronic hyperventilation syndrome?

Many Ways: Have a look at the reference below....It is fairly technical but may resonate! Please, see your care provider and discuss areas you think might apply to you or about which your understanding is unclear...This paper suggests that behavior modification may be of help.

Sandy jack, harry b. Rossiter, christopher j. Warburton, and brian j. Whipp
behav modif, october 2003; vol. 27, 5: pp. 637-652. ...Read more

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How/why does hyperventilation sometimes lead to syncope?

Carbon dioxide: This is the main "driver" for us to breathe. Co2 levels in the brain cause the respiratory center to signal breathing. When you hyperventilate you blow off a lot of co2 and the brain senses no need to breathe. Another driver is oxygen but since your o2 levels be high, the brain senses you have enough o2. ...Read more

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How hard is it to cure hyperventilation syndrome? What is the treatment?

How hard is it to cure hyperventilation syndrome? What is the treatment?

Multiple causes: Hyperventilation can come from many different causes, including anxiety. Making sure none of the more physically dangerous causes are present, is important -- and can be done through a workup by your physician. Effective treatment (and its potential difficulty or ease) depends on the cause. Paper bag breathing isn't recommended -- but in anxiety, learning diaphragmatic breathing can help. ...Read more

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How to prevent hyperventilation from creeping up on you?

Behaviour changes...: Usually, doing some behavioral therapy, or cognitive-behavioral therapy can help prevent hyperventilation. Informally, this might involve deep breathing, meditation, prayer, and positive thinking.

Occassionally, an increased respiratory rate is in response to a medical reason, but more often than not it is related to anxiety and stress. ...Read more

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I'm on inderal (propranolol) 40mg twice a day for anxiety and hyperventilation is this a good drug for such use at this dose?

I'm on inderal (propranolol) 40mg twice a day for anxiety and hyperventilation is this a good drug for such use at this dose?

Excellent!: This is the best beta blocker because it crosses the blood brain barrier better than any other. The dose is, if anything, on the high side. Many folks feel well on just 10 or 20 mg before a stressful event (but that would be 40-80 mg daily if taken twice a day, so it's not unreasonable.) Another option is Buspirone. ...Read more

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I usaully get hyperventilation &pass out but yest. I couldn't breath at all passed out &was given o2 &became better, all tests neg no useful answers!?

Anxiety: Being that all your tests were negative and you describe hyperventilation and sometimes breath holding could be indicative of anxiety triggering episodes. A further evaluation with your primary care physician when these episodes occur could be revealing. ...Read more

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Can you have COPD when you're 27? This doesn't feel like asthma or allergies. I have every symptom of chronic hyperventilation syndrome.

Can you have COPD when you're 27? This doesn't feel like asthma or allergies. I have every symptom of chronic hyperventilation syndrome.

Unlikely: There is a rare inherited enzyme deficiency that can cause early onset COPD but patients are normally in their forties before they are affected. Chronic hyperventilation syndrome is different from copd. If you are having breathing difficulties you should see your doctor, some simple tests can be done to isolate what it is that you may have. ...Read more

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What is hyperventilation?

Breathing: Too fast! - anxiety frequent cause z- see pcp for wk up. ...Read more

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What's hyperventilation benefit?

What's hyperventilation benefit?

Not sure: Hyperventilation, doesn't have much benefit, it can change you acid base status amd make you light headed and dizzy. Slow deep breaths however can increase endorphins and help you self regulate anxiety. ...Read more

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Could I explain hyperventilation?

Defined: Hyperventilation is over-breathing, which usually means that a person is taking rapid, short breaths using mainly the lungs, rather than deep slow breaths using the diaphragm. The condition is often caused by panic attacks or anxiety disorder, but it can be caused by more severe conditions. Anyone who hyperventilates for more than a couple of minutes should seek medical attention immediately.

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What are symptoms of hyperventilation?

What are symptoms of hyperventilation?

Rapid breathing: Hyperventilation is essentially when someone breathes rapidly. There can be many normal and abnormal causes to rapid breathing. It is the other symptoms that are associated with the hyperventilation that help determine what is going on. ...Read more

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Help please, what is hyperventilation?

Breathing: In excess/ or beyond the needs of the body. ...Read more

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How to know if I have hyperventilation?

Breathing fast: hyperventilation means rapid breathing. Some people do this when they are anxious. It can cause tingling in the hands and feet, and this may make someone even more anxious.
If you are hyperventilating, you might consider holding a bag over your mouth and nose as you breath, so you're breathing the same air over and over again. This will help you slow your breathing, and stop the tingling. ...Read more

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Is there a way to treat hyperventilation?

Is there a way to treat hyperventilation?

Yes: If you are breathing too fast for no physiologic reason, such as for fever or vigorous exercise, then breathing into a paper bag would be helpful. ...Read more

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How to know if I have hyperventilation problems?

Fast breathing +: When you breathe, you breathe in oxygen & breathe out carbon dioxide. Excessive breathing creates low levels of carbon dioxide in your blood. This causes many of the symptoms of hyperventilation.
Feeling very anxious or having a panic attack are the usual reasons for hyperventiilating. However, rapid breathing may be a symptom of a disease, such as:Bleeding, Heart/ lung disorder, or infection. ...Read more

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How do you reverse chronic hyperventilation syndrome?

How do you reverse chronic hyperventilation syndrome?

Stop hyperventilatin: It isn't oxygen level that determines our breathing its the ph or acid/base balance of our blood. When we take over our body's unconscious control of breathing we tend to over breath raising the blood ph which causes a series of physical effects. Once aware of this we can recognize these times and let go of our conscious control, allow the body its own respiratory rate, and the symptoms will stop. ...Read more

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How/why does hyperventilation sometimes lead to syncope?

Carbon dioxide: This is the main "driver" for us to breathe. Co2 levels in the brain cause the respiratory center to signal breathing. When you hyperventilate you blow off a lot of co2 and the brain senses no need to breathe. Another driver is oxygen but since your o2 levels be high, the brain senses you have enough o2. ...Read more

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What are some things that can cause you hyperventilation?

Hyperventilation: Illnesses in brain regions that control breathing centers, in the respiratory tract that affect breathing, in the cardiovascular system that affect oxygen supply to lungs, in the endocrine system that affect rate of breathing, and lastly in anxiety attacks as result of hyperarousal. ...Read more

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Hyperventilation - why is it so seldom diagnosed in people?

It is usually: Diagnosed as panic disorder because hyperventilation in the absence of other symptoms of panic is rare. Some other illnesses that can trigger hyperventilation are strokes, lung disease, over-exhaustion, and head injuries. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Hyperventilation?

Increased RR: Hyperventilation refers to increased respiratory rate not due to requirements for oxygen. This can often be due to anxiety, but also as a result of nervous system lesions, albeit uncommon. ...Read more

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How do you treat idiopathic chronic hyperventilation syndrome?

Many Ways: Have a look at the reference below....It is fairly technical but may resonate! Please, see your care provider and discuss areas you think might apply to you or about which your understanding is unclear...This paper suggests that behavior modification may be of help.

Sandy jack, harry b. Rossiter, christopher j. Warburton, and brian j. Whipp
behav modif, october 2003; vol. 27, 5: pp. 637-652. ...Read more

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Hyperventilation when nervous, what should I do to stop this habit?

Deep breathing: Exercises. Intentionally slow and deepen your breathing. Takes practice. ...Read more

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How do you know if somebody you are with has a hyperventilation reaction?

How do you know if somebody you are with has a hyperventilation reaction?

Multiple signs: Basically they breath fast, have palpitations very aggitated, terrified, muscle spasm specially on hands and feet with shakiness all over. ...Read more

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Hyperventilation, what size paper bag?

Hyperventilation, what size paper bag?

Whatever: Can you still find a paper bag? The idea is to build up co2 levels so the smallest bag that will cover both your nose and mouth and hold a good breath would work. But a big bag would probably work almost as fast if that's all you have. Plastic would not be a good idea. ...Read more

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Is hyperventilation is medical emergency?

Is hyperventilation is medical emergency?

Can be: Hyperventilation or rapid, shallow breathing is commonly seen with anxiety or panic considered behavioral or psychogenic. However, hyperventilation can also be a symptom of more serious medical conditions eg, infection, bleeding, cardiac or lung disease, drug overdose. ...Read more

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How can hyperventilation treat hyperkalemia?

How can hyperventilation treat hyperkalemia?

Acid-base: Hyperventilation drives the carbondioxide from the lungs, so you develop respiratory alkalosis which causes hypokalemia (low potassium).If someone has hyperkalemia and hyperventilation, they probably have some other underlying cause like metabolic acidosis which could be due to several reasons like severe diarrhea, kidney failure, infection. These are only few and one should consult nephrologist. ...Read more