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What Is Hyperventilation?

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Hyperventilation

Hyperventilation is breathing more deeply and more rapidly than normal. An episode of hyperventilation usually lasts 20–30 minutes. During an episode:

You may feel breathless.

Your hands, feet, or mouth may feel numb, tingle, or spasm.

Hyperventilation is usually triggered by stress, anxiety, or emotions. However, it can also be a sign of another problem, such as:

A lung problem, such as emphysema or asthma.

An infection.

Heart problems.

Pregnancy.

Bleeding.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Learn and use breathing exercises that help you breathe from your diaphragm and abdomen.

Practice relaxation techniques to reduce stress, such as visualization, meditation, and muscle release.

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