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For an infant, a normal rate of breathing is up to 44 breaths per minute. Tachypnea is the medical term that your doctor uses to describe your breathing if it is too fast, particularly if you have rapid, shallow breathing due to an associated lung disease ...Read more
Fast/deep vs. fast: Tachypnea is a rapid breathing rate (normal is between 12-20 breaths/minute).Hyperpnea is deeper and more rapid breathing than at rest as occurs, for example with exercise. Neither rapid nor deeper breathing necessarily increases alveolar ventilation which is the amount of air that actually reaches the air sacs to deliver oxygen. If airways are blocked fast and deep breaths dont reach air sacs. ...Read more
Shallow versus fast: Shallow breaths are less deep and can be completley normal. Tachypnea is fast breathing, generally breathing above 30 breaths per minute in an adult. If you are breathing very shallow breaths you will probably also breathe faster than normal so you could often have shallow breathing and tachypnea or fast breathing at the same time. ...Read more
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