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If mild hypoxia stimulates respiration, why does severe hypoxia depresses the same?

If mild hypoxia stimulates respiration, why does severe hypoxia depresses the same?

Hypoxia: Oxygen is required for tissues to burn their fuel, just like a fire burning a log. The human system can compensate for mild low o2 by breathing faster, equal to u blowing on the fire to help it burn. If the o2 is so low breathing faster doesn't get enough or the body becomes exhausted in the effort, the metabolism shuts down, equal to the fire going out. ...Read more

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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Can coma occur due to severe hyperventelation ( respiratory alkalosis ) ?

Can coma occur due to severe hyperventelation ( respiratory alkalosis ) ?

No coma: Respiratory alkalosisis is a condition seen in patient with anxiety, hysteria and stress.The carbon dioxide level drop too low and the ph of the blood rise and become alkaline. The main symptoms are dizzines, bloating, confusion and seizures.Coma is not common. ...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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Can severe gastritis cause heart racing issues and shortness of breathe?

Can severe gastritis cause heart racing issues and shortness of breathe?

Maybe: Irritations in the gastrointestinal tract can result in palpitations. Treatment of the gastritis may lead to decreased symptoms. Full cardiac evaluation would be recommended. Acid blockers, probiotics and or antibiotics may be used to treat the gastritis. Control of the irregular heart beat may need antiarrhythmia medications to bring them under control and improve the symptoms such as sob. ...Read more

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Why is paradoxical bronchospasms life threatening?

Why is paradoxical bronchospasms life threatening?

No breath: The spasms limit your bodies ability to get oxygen in to the system. ...Read more

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Could shortness of breath lead to sudden cardiac death?

Could shortness of breath lead to sudden cardiac death?

Effect, not cause: Shortness of breath is a symptom. It can be caused by alot of different things. Some of those things could cause sudden cardiac death. For example, a heart attack can present as shortness of breath and lead to sudden death. A pulmonary embolism can cause sob and lead to death. But also remember, alot of benign things can cause sob. Needs to be properly evaluated. ...Read more

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Can severe anxiety cause orthostatic hypotension?

Can severe anxiety cause orthostatic hypotension?

Yes, but rare: Anxiety can have a myriad of effects, and it could cause this. Basically it is a fall in blood pressure due to positional changes, and would be more common for anxiety to raise blood pressure than reduce it, but it could be rarely implicated. It can have many causes from innocuous sources to serious medical problems. If occurs often see your md to rule out problems. ...Read more

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Why would pulse and respiratory rate increased during a severe asthma attack?

Why would  pulse and respiratory rate increased during a severe asthma attack?

Low oxygen...: During an asthma exacerbation the body is trying to get enough oxygen via the blood to all critical organs. So, by increasing the respiratory rate, more oxygen can enter the body via the lungs. By increasing the heart rate, more blood can be circulated so more oxygen can be delivered. Both are compensation mechanisms the body uses to insure adequate oxygen delivery. ...Read more

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Patient withdrawing from abrupt dose change of pain medication, is in extreme pain, confusion, racing thoughts, palpitations, weak breathing...ER?

Patient withdrawing from abrupt dose change of pain medication, is in extreme pain, confusion, racing thoughts, palpitations, weak breathing...ER?

Opioid withdraw: please go to ER to exclude other courses of your sx. You might need to be admitted to hospital to assist with detox. Than find doc who can prescribe suboxon to help with your course of recovery. ...Read more

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Sudden heart palps, tightness in chest, nausea, irritable, rapid breathing, Dry cough. Panic/anxiety attacks?

Sudden heart palps, tightness in chest, nausea, irritable, rapid breathing, Dry cough. Panic/anxiety attacks?

Possible panic: attacks. Please see your doc to rule out or identify medical conditions. After that consider seeing a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating panic attacks. Lots of reason to be hopeful. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Seroquel (quetiapine) makes my un-dx condition worse. Symptoms are heart pain, almost paralyzed due to extreme somnolence, severe cognitive impairment.. Causes?

Seroquel (quetiapine) makes my un-dx condition worse. Symptoms are heart pain, almost paralyzed due to extreme somnolence, severe cognitive impairment.. Causes?

Seroquel (quetiapine): Seroquel (quetiapine) can be very sedating -- more so depending on increased dose. It can also cause "cognitive impairment." I have no idea from here what you were like before the medication, but it sounds like you need a thorough medical evaluation. A psychiatrist may need to also be involved in your care -- and you need to tell whoever is prescribing the seroquel (quetiapine) about what you're experiencing. ...Read more

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Can elevated epinephrine and panic attack symptoms cause cognition problems and severe restlessness?

Can elevated epinephrine and panic attack symptoms cause cognition problems and severe restlessness?

Well...: Epinephrine (more commonly known as adrenaline) can definitely cause restlessness ... As its one of the chemical signals sent by the brain in the "flight or fight" response. As well, panic disorder can cause alterations in cognition ... Although without knowing more about you, it's impossible to say to what extent. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Can metabolic alkalosis cause shortness of breath?

Can metabolic alkalosis cause shortness of breath?

Alkalosis: It is not that simple to say yes or no to this question. It depends upon the cause of the metabolic alkalosis. Commonly with metabolic alkalosis as a compensatory mechanism there will be hypoventilation that could be sensed as shortness of breath but respiratory rate will be lower or shallower. ...Read more

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Can left CHF cause transient sudden syncope episodes + altered consciousness?

Can left CHF cause transient sudden syncope episodes + altered consciousness?

Yes: Congestive heart failure can absolutely result in syncopal episodes. Patients should be evaluated by their cardiologists to assess cardiac function, as well as potentially neurologists for these events. ...Read more

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Does anxiety cause shortness of breath?

Does anxiety cause shortness of breath?

For sure: It's a common cause. Just be sure there isn't something more ominous present too. ...Read more

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Severe stridor and respiratory distress. What is the immediate management?

Severe stridor and respiratory distress. What is the immediate management?

Tube: If there is truly stridor, the patient needs immediate intubation and artificial ventilation. The respiratory distress will rapidly worsen. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause constant shortness of breath?

Can anxiety cause constant shortness of breath?

Anxiety: Yes & No Anxiety can cause or mimic so many other conditions. We have to R/O cardia or pulmonary /lung problems completely before we think Shortness of breath is due to anxiety. ...Read more

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