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Shortness of Breath and Anxiety: Only in People with Low Body Oxygen

Avatar of Dr Artour Rakhimov, Buteyko Breathing Practitioner and Master TrainerBy Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Alternative Health Educator and Author - Last updated on August 9, 2018

Brain oxygen levels for normal breathing and after hyperventilation Shortness of breath and anxiety are caused by low body and brain oxygenation that is due to overbreathing, mouth breathing, and chest breathing.

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.

Breathing rates in healthy, normal people vs diseases

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 X seconds (this number is provided below in the bonus content).

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References (shortness of breath or breathlessness)

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Coats AJ. Origin of symptoms in patients with cachexia with special reference to weakness and shortness of breath. Int J Cardiol. 2002 Sep;85(1):133-9.

McDonald CF. Shortness of breath - is it chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? Aust Fam Physician. 2005 Jul;34(7):541-5.

Reilly CC, Ward K, Jolley CJ, et al. Neural respiratory drive, pulmonary mechanics and breathlessness in patients with cystic fibrosis. Thorax 2011; 66: 240–246.

Truesdell S. Helping patients with COPD manage episodes of acute shortness of breath. Medsurg Nurs. 2000 Aug;9(4):178-82.

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