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Hyperventilation That Interferes With Daily Activities


Hyperventilation That Interferes With Daily Activities

Hyperventilation is often caused by stress or anxiety. Home treatment and prevention measures may help manage hyperventilation triggered by these causes. If anxiety, stress, or hyperventilation episodes interfere with your daily activities, a doctor can:

  • Teach you how to manage your stress or anxiety.
  • Teach you a different method of breathing. People who hyperventilate tend to breathe shallowly, filling only the upper chest when they inhale. Learning to belly-breathe (diaphragmatic breathing) may help prevent the recurrence of hyperventilation.
  • Prescribe medicine to reduce your anxiety.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, MD
Last RevisedSeptember 3, 2010

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