Symptoms of Hyperventilation

The following features are indicative of Hyperventilation:
  • feeling lightheaded
  • dizziness
  • chest pain
  • bloating
  • dry mouth
  • muscle spasms in the hands and feet
  • numbness and tingling in the arms or around the mouth
  • sleeping problems
It is possible that Hyperventilation shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Hyperventilation

The following are the most common causes of Hyperventilation:
  • anxiety
  • panic attack
  • somatization disorder
  • stress
  • heart failure
  • pneumonia
  • pregnancy
  • severe pain

Prevention of Hyperventilation

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Hyperventilation. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • breathing into a paper bag to restore CO₂ levels

Occurrence of Hyperventilation

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Hyperventilation cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Hyperventilation can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Hyperventilation can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Hyperventilation

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Hyperventilation:
  • Blood testing: For measurement of oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in blood
  • Electrocardiogram(ECG): To detect rhythms of heart
  • Perfusion scan of lungs: For measurement of breathing and lung circulation

Doctor for Diagnosis of Hyperventilation

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Hyperventilation:
  • Cardiologist

Complications of Hyperventilation if untreated

Yes, Hyperventilation causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Hyperventilation is left untreated:
  • hypocalcemia
  • hypokalemia

Self-care for Hyperventilation

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Hyperventilation:
  • Patient breathing into a paper bag: Helps out in causing rebreathing and restoration of CO₂ levels

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Hyperventilation

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Hyperventilation:
  • Buteyko Breathing method: Helps out in reducing the symptoms and recurrence of the episodes of hyperventilation

Time for Treatment of Hyperventilation

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Hyperventilation to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • Disease cannot be treated but only maintained or effects reduced

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This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Hyperventilation.

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