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).
Presence 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.
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:
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: