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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

Rapid Breathing (Definition)

Rapid breathing is a symptom in which a person's breathing rate is faster than normal. Rapid breathing can be due to fever, lung infections, lung blood clots (pulmonary emboli), drug overdoses that ...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

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Can heart failure cause a decrease of carbon dioxide in the blood?

Can heart failure cause a decrease of carbon dioxide in the blood?

Heart failure: CHF can cause a degree of acidemia. This is reflected by decreased bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) in the electolyte panel. This is not carbon dioxide but is related. ...Read more

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How does increase amount of the carbon dioxide in the blood affect kidney and causes renal failure?

How does increase amount of the carbon dioxide in the blood affect kidney  and causes renal failure?

Carbon Dioxide : Good question. Your kidneys have many functions. One is to maintain ph balance. When your body accumulates too much carbon dioxide(co2) your kidneys work to eliminate it. Co2 makes your body more acidic. The acidity not only makes your kidneys work harder, but it also makes all body functions less efficient. Over time this can cause kidney failure. This is not a common cause of kidney failure. ...Read more

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Can high carbon dioxide in the blood be cured?

Can high carbon dioxide in the blood be cured?

High bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) : Simple answers yes. The high bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) is usually due to another process and either the kidney or the ling change the levels. Water pills, vomiting are the few common ones, sleep apnea is another cause. Finding cause is key and that should lead to therapy. Answering the question as to why there is high bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) is key. ...Read more

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What changes can you expect in the levels of blood oxygen and carbon dioxide in a patient who breathes rapidly and deeply for a prolonged time?

What changes can you expect in the levels of blood oxygen and carbon dioxide in a patient who breathes rapidly and deeply for a prolonged time?

Hyperventilation: Many athletes may "oxygen-load" their blood just prior to a race by doing this. Breathing rapidly will draw in more oxygen and "load up" the red blood cells' hemoglobin, and at the same time empty out more carbon dioxide than usually would be. You have to be careful doing this, because it will throw off your body's acid/base balance and make you dizzy or pass out! ...Read more

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What effect does exercise have on the amount of carbon dioxide released by the blood?

Respiration: When you exercise multiple physiological processes occur. You metabolize more thus producing more co2. Co2 is scrubbed from the blood by the lungs to eliminate it. Co2 is regulated very tightly and part of the issue is actually how fit you are - a cross country runner has a different co2 physiology than a couch potato or a smoker. ...Read more

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How does hyperpnea affect the amount of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the blood?

Low CO2, alkalemia: Deep or rapid breathing removes more gaseous co2 leading to less co2 in the blood and associated alkalemia - it has a minimal effect on oxygenation except in disease states. ...Read more

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How can hyperpnea affects partial pressure of carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in the blood?

How can hyperpnea affects partial pressure of carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in the blood?

Hyperpnea/tachypnea: The rapid breathing will blow out co2 and lower its level in the blood. This may or may not affect the o2 level depending on the cause of the tachypnea. ...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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Co2 (Definition)

This is a gas composed on one carbon and two oxygen molecules. Very common byproduct of respiration ...Read more