Every person with shortness of breath and/or anxiety suffers from too fast and
usually too deep breathing (increased tidal volume) at rest (see studies below).
An additional negative effect is a too low level of CO2 in the brain. That causes
overexcitement of the nerve cells and their increased irritability promoting
increased anxiety and possible panic attacks.
Here are medical studies that clearly prove that your shortness of breath
and anxiety have a simple physical cause that is possible to address using
known health therapies that increase body and brain O2 content.
Successful treatment of shortness of breath and anxiety
Reduction in shortness of breath and anxiety have been reported in
numerous clinical trials. Over 180 Soviet and Russian doctors tested thousands of their
patients and found that shortness of
breath and anxiety disappear when these patients increase their
body-oxygen levels to over 25 seconds.
References (shortness of breath or breathlessness)
Thorax. 2011 Mar;66(3):240-6.
Neural respiratory drive, pulmonary mechanics and breathlessness in patients
with cystic fibrosis.
Reilly CC, Ward K, Jolley CJ, Lunt AC, Steier J, Elston C, Polkey MI, Rafferty
GF, Moxham J.
Rev Esp Cardiol. 2005 Oct;58(10):1142-4.
[The circulating NTproBNP level, a new biomarker for the diagnosis of heart
failure in patients with acute shortness of breath].
[Article in Spanish]
Aust Fam Physician. 2005 Jul;34(7):541-5.
Shortness of breath - is it chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?
Institute for Breathing and Sleep, Austin Hospital, Heidelberg, Victoria,
Int J Cardiol. 2002 Sep;85(1):133-9.
Origin of symptoms in patients with cachexia with special reference to weakness
and shortness of breath.
Medsurg Nurs. 2000 Aug;9(4):178-82.
Helping patients with COPD manage episodes of acute shortness of breath.
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit,
The most disabling and frightening symptom experienced by patients with COPD is
dyspnea. Even with the use of bronchodilators, the symptom may not be completely
relieved. Patients often develop their own strategies for managing shortness of
breath, including the use of a breathing technique called pursed-lip breathing.
Although most nurses are familiar with this breathing technique, they often have
difficulty assisting patients to use it during acute episodes of shortness of
breath. A strategy is described which nurses can use to assist patients in
implementing pursed-lip breathing effectively during episodes of acute dyspnea.