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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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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...Read more


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Can chronic hyperventilation syndrome cause false positives in hydrogen breath tests?

Seems so: So, be sure to advise the providers doing and interpreting the test of this condition. They might do a different test or prevent the hyperventilation in some way or whatever. It would be a good idea to find a way to stop that breathing pattern for many reasons - ask about it. Best! ...Read more

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How hard is it to reverse chronic hyperventilation syndrome? I can't hold my breath for more than 5 seconds. I just can't stop overbreathing...

Hyperventilation: Causes co2 to go down, may actually not affect o2 much but it causes respiratory alkalosis, then the kidney will compensate. To bring co2 up, it would be useless to ask a person to hold their breaths, that is the problem in the first place, you should try frequent rebreathing through a paper bag to allow co2 to rise. The only other way would be to give bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) or acetate as source of co2. ...Read more

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What's the cure for chronic hyperventilation syndrome?

What's the cure for chronic hyperventilation syndrome?

Abdominal breathing.: Instructing patients to breathe abdominally, using the diaphragm more than the chest wall, often leads to improvement in subjective dyspnea and corrects many of the associated symptoms. Diaphragmatic breathing slows the respiratory rate, gives patients a distracting maneuver to perform and provides patients with a sense of self-control during episodes of hyperventilation. ...Read more

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What is the cure for chronic hyperventilation syndrome?

Hyperventilation: We always say use a bag for rebreathing, i guess it would be funny to keep a bag over your head all the time (joke only). This is usually a form of hysterical or anxiety disorder and control of your emotions is what is necessary so you won't breath too fast. Feel yourself, if you start getting dizzy, or like floating, start controlling your breathing, start counting to 4 or 5 as you breath out. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of chronic hyperventilation syndrome?

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? ...Read more

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What are the long term side effects of chronic hyperventilation syndrome?

Usually self correct: Hyper ventilation causes a reduction in c02 levels, and a change in acid -base balance in your blood stream. For which reason your brain over rides your control and blacks out. You may need to talk to your primary care doc, if you are feeling this a lot. ...Read more

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I believe I have hyperventilation syndrome. Dr. Says it's asthma and has me on advair right now. Is this the right medicine for this?

I believe I have hyperventilation syndrome. Dr. Says it's asthma and has me on advair right now. Is this the right medicine for this?

Asthma breathing: If you do have asthma, it could be making you more aware of your breathing and making it hard to slow down. Hopefully your asthma treatment will help you slow down your breathing. If you really have hyperventilation syndrome you may have numb fingers from hyperventation. That is not typical in asthma breathing. ...Read more

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Could chronic hyperventilation syndrome caused by anxiety cause faint whistling sound with exhalation? The whistle is heard when I'm trying to do it.

Could chronic hyperventilation syndrome caused by anxiety cause faint whistling sound with exhalation? The whistle is heard when I'm trying to do it.

Yes, but: it is more a question of a slight blockage in air flow. THis can be from a deviated septum or exercise induced constriction of part of the respiratory tract. Practically any asthma medication works on that. Regular strenuous exercise changes the tone of the respiratory tract to eliminate it (eventually). ...Read more

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I am 27 female and I am suffering from hyperventilation syndrome since 8 mths. How safe is it for me to plan for pregnancy? Can hvs be totally cured?

I am 27 female and I am suffering from hyperventilation syndrome since 8 mths. How safe is it for me to plan for pregnancy? Can hvs be totally cured?

Cause?: Only rarely is hvs caused by underlying lung disease in someone so young. But this should first be ruled out by pulmonary tests. Assuming healthy respiration, the cause is psychological--and self-perpetuating. If associated with panic, this should be treated, but that's rare, too. Two good interventions, then are 1) breath-focused meditation to calm the 2) identify triggers. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Davant
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Hyperventilation (Definition)

Hyperventilation is a clinical finding in which a person breathes at a faster rate than is normal. This can occur due to breathing conditions, ...Read more