Hyperventilation

Alternative Names

Rapid deep breathing; Breathing – rapid and deep; Overbreathing; Fast deep breathing; Respiratory rate – rapid and deep

Definition of Hyperventilation

Hyperventilation is rapid or deep breathing that can occur with anxiety or panic. It is also called overbreathing, and may leave you feeling breathless.

Review

Linda Vorvick, MD, Seattle Site Coordinator, Lecturer, Pathophysiology, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 7/22/2010

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