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Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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10 minutes old with slight retraction and rapid breathing. Bad sign?

10 minutes old with slight retraction and rapid breathing. Bad sign?

Not necessarily: Just after a baby is born it can be quite common to develop fast breathing due to retained amniotic fluid. If this is the case, the breathing usually improves in the 1st 24 hours. However, there are many other causes of this that would be explored if it persists past 24 hours, or is associated with oxygen desaturation and distress. ...Read more

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What does rapid breathing mean when an old person is on his death bed?

What does rapid breathing mean when an old person is on his death bed?

Several reasons.: This is a question for your pmd. A few possibilities are congestive heart failure or terminal pneumonia. If the patient is terminal depending on your philosophy of life, either nothing is done or a specific diagnosis needs to be made and appropriate medical treatment needs to be established. ...Read more

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Acidosis related to rapid breathing?

Acidosis related to rapid breathing?

No: Rapid breathing causes a respiratory alkalosis, not acidosis. Patients with a metabolic acidosis may try to compensate with rapid breathing. ...Read more

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Is rapid breathing normal for a 6 month old?

Is rapid breathing normal for a 6 month old?

Define rapid: The average 6mo will usually breathe at rates from 24-38 BPM , higher than the rate for older kids or adults. Thelower end at rest & higher with activity.Fever will add 5 bpm/degree on average. If a kid is visably working to breathe s/he has generally doubled her/his rate & this is abnormal. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Very rapid breathing?

What is the definition or description of: Very rapid breathing?

Called tachypnea: doctors consider someone to have rapid breathing if their breathing is over 20 times a minutes. However, that has to be taken in context with everything else that is going on. Certainly, breathing over 30x per minute is cause for concern. ...Read more

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What might be the cause of the rapid breathing and profuse perspiration when I stand a long time?

What might be the cause of the rapid breathing and profuse perspiration when I stand a long time?

Is it very hot?: If you are not out standing in high heat or humidity then that warrants a trip to the doctor. You should be able to stand without sweating and having to breath rapidly. ...Read more

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I was wondering what would cause unexplained rapid breathing during sleep?

I was wondering what would cause unexplained rapid breathing during sleep?

Elivated co2: IF a person obstructs during sleep the co2 will rise and the oxygen level decreases. The brain will be stimulated to change this an you will increase your respiration to increase you oxygen level nd decrease you carbon dioxide level ...Read more

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Does more rapid breathing when hiking at higher altitudes cause you to feel faint?

Yes: Being in high altitude itself can make you lightheaded and winded , regardless of type of activity. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my baby has a slight fever and rapid breathing?

What does it mean if my baby has a slight fever and rapid breathing?

May be early problm: The breathing rate of an infant will increase by about 5 breaths /min for every degree of fever. This is a natural response driven by a faster metabolism. That said, if the breathing rate is much higher than predicted it could be an early sign of a respiratory problem like bronchitis or pneumonia. ...Read more

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Panic attack or rapid breathing due to a health problem. How to determine ?

Panic attack or rapid breathing due to a health problem. How to determine ?

Schedule an appt: A physician can run tests to tell you if it seems medical. A mental health professional can do an assessment to tell you if it seems psychological. As a psychologist I have had many people come in and say they went to the hospital and they ran tests and told them their symptoms were not because of a physical health issue but a panic attack. ...Read more

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6 year old child has sudden onset of fever and rapid breathing. What might he have caught?

6 year old child has sudden onset of fever and rapid breathing.  What might he have caught?

Many causes: Any cause of fever can increase respiratory rate. This could be a sign of pneumonia or other serious bacterial infections. Fever and shortness of breath or difficult breathing is an even more concerning set of signs. The significance of these signs is dependent on the height of the fever and the severity of disturbed breathing. You should discuss this with your health care provider. ...Read more

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What could cause rapid breathing, dizziness and cold sweats in you?

What could cause rapid breathing, dizziness and cold sweats in you?

Hard to say.: The symptoms are consistent with what is known as a panic disorder. This is a real phenomenon related to increased secretion of Epinephrine in the brain. You need to rule out anxiety/depression. The latter symptoms are often associated with dizziness and there are neuro-anatomical reasons for these symptoms. See your pmd and have a specific diagnosis and be placed on appropriate medication. ...Read more

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Can panic attacks present in other ways not just the "typical" ones? I don't get rapid breathing etc but all of other things like palps impending doom

YES: There are some similarities that occur with panic attacks but you do not have all of the same symptoms. Palpitations and a feeling of impending doom are common features as well. Try relaxation, deep breathing, meditation, yoga and/or see a therapist. ...Read more

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Do you get rapid breathing and shortness of breath when drunk?

Yes: Normally alcohol will increase your heart rate and pulse volume -- and elevate the pulmonary pressure and this will make you feel harder to breath --. ...Read more

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What happens to your carbon dioxide in the blood during rapid breathing?

What happens to your carbon dioxide in the blood during rapid breathing?

Decreases: If one breathes very rapidly, or hyperventilates, one will feel lightheaded, dizzy, and have tingling in the fingertips because carbon dioxide decreases. Treatment involves increasing carbon dioxide by breathing into a paper bag or slowing the breathing down. ...Read more

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What happens to the partial pressure of carbon dioxide during rapid breathing?

What happens to the partial pressure of carbon dioxide during rapid breathing?

It is decreased: Pco2 decreases with hyperventilation because carbon dioxide is a waste product produced by the body as a result of aerobic metabolism. If activity increases, metabolism increases and thus carbon dioxide increase, so we naturally breathe faster. If one hyperventilates more than the increase in metabolism, then level of carbon dioxide with be reduced, because it is being eliminated by exhalation. ...Read more

Hyperventilating (Rapid/Deep Breathing) (Definition)

Hyperventilation is a period of time where breathing is performed at an excessively rapid rate driving up the ph of one's blood. Normal ph is 7.4. Hyperventilation would elevate the ph. ...Read more


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