Syndrome of Chronic Hyperventilation

Dark coulds in the evening Chronic hyperventilation syndrome (chronic hyperventilation) is a physiological state characterized by chronic overbreathing or breathing more air than the medical-norm amount.

Normal minute ventilation at rest is about 6-7 L/min for a 70-kg man, as it was found in numerous studies done on healthy subjects (see the links and Table below).

Hyperventilation syndrome leads to reduced CO2 content in the alveoli of the lungs or alveolar hypocapnia. For most people, it also causes arterial hypocapnia (or CO2 deficiency in the arterial blood).

Breathing rates in healthy, normal people vs diseases

Health professionals and patientsPresence of hyperventilation syndrome in the sick is a common clinical finding owing to the fact that development of many chronic diseases is based on cell hypoxia. Many chronic diseases (including heart disease, diabetes, asthma, COPD, cancer, sleep apnea, obesity hyperventilation syndrome, liver cirrhosis, hyperthyroidism, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy, panic disorder, bipolar disorder, dystrophia myotonica) are possible only in people with hyperventilation syndrome and hyperventilation of the lungs or alveolar hyperventilation, as this Table proves. This is regardless of silly ideas about overbreathing present in popular medical sources, such as Wikipedia: click here.

Syndrome of chronic hyperventilation prevalence

Chronic hyperventilation is also common in the general population these days. Normal minute ventilation values for modern "normal subjects" suggest that hyperventilation (20 medical studies) is present in over 90% of normal subjects (see links below). Their average minute ventilation is about 12 liters of air min at rest, while published studies devoted to normal minute ventilation in the healthy subjects found only 6-7 L/min.

Hyperventilation syndrome reduces blood supply and oxygen level for all vital organs of the human body. Hence, it is logical that sick people have poor results for their body-oxygen test (see results of studies below). There are many other negative effects related to symptoms of hyperventilation.

This YouTube video clip "Hyperventilation Syndrome" reviews main general ideas related to chronic overbreathing

The situation with ventilation in normal subjects is nearly as bad as for people with chronic diseases. This explains why modern ordinary people can easily get overweight and obese, experience numerous symptoms of poor health, and eventually develop chronic disease. However, people living during first decades of 20th century had very different results for their minute ventilation. Right below here, there is a chart (graph) that provides exact results (minute ventilation) during last 100 years. This chart is based on 24 published Western medical studies. This chart (with links to all clinical and physiological references) is provided as your bonus content down here.

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Causes, symptoms and treatment of syndrome of chronic hyperventilation

Main causes of hyperventilation are lifestyle risk factors such sedentary lifestyle (lack of physical exercise), mouth breathing, chest breathing, poor posture, overeating leading to obesity, stress, ... Learn more:

Causes of hyperventilation

Common symptoms of hyperventilation include: bronchospasm, constipation, coughing, muscle cramps, anxiety, nasal congestion, sighing, shortness of breath, angina pain, ... Read more:

Symptoms of hyperventilation

Successful treatment of hyperventilation is based on those breathing exercises that reduce minute ventilation at rest and increase alveolar CO2 levels. Correction of lifestyle risk factors is necessary too. More info:

Treatment of hyperventilation

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