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Is it true that deep breathing or pursed lip breathing can be considered treatment for dyspnea?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: No and yes

Deep breathing is not, (it just causes hyperventilation and hypocapnea), but pursed lip breathing (in which one exhales against partially closed lips), increases the functional residual capacity which improves gas exchange and can be helpful for dyspnea.
Many COPD patients are taught this technique.

In brief: No and yes

Deep breathing is not, (it just causes hyperventilation and hypocapnea), but pursed lip breathing (in which one exhales against partially closed lips), increases the functional residual capacity which improves gas exchange and can be helpful for dyspnea.
Many COPD patients are taught this technique.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Deep breathing.

No it is not. Dyspnea is from various causes.
We need to treat underlying cause to treat dyspnea.

In brief: Deep breathing.

No it is not. Dyspnea is from various causes.
We need to treat underlying cause to treat dyspnea.
Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
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