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What is hyperventilation


Worldwide, many people suffer daily from hyperventilation. This can be chronic or acute.

Chronic means that you actually hyperventilate dormant all day long. Acute hyperventilation manifests itself more in (panic) attacks. Sudden heavy sweating, palpitations and light-headedness are some of the symptoms you may notice.

We speak of hyperventilation if your breathing is considerably too fast and / or too shallow. Hyperventilation means “too much” (hyper) breathing (ventilation). Although hyperventilation is not dangerous in itself, it can cause more serious discomfort if it occurs regularly. The fear of another attack can conserve hyperventilation, which can lead to panic attacks.

The word “chronic” in chronic hyperventilation means “continuous”. It does not mean that the complaints will not go away. Chronic hyperventilation can be remedied just as well as acute hyperventilation.

Most common complaints for (chronic) hyperventilaton

  • Vibrations
  • Signing or Yawning
  • Breathlessness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Insomnia
  • Quickly tired
  • Pressure and / or pain on the chest
  • Palpitations
  • Pain in the neck and / or shoulders
  • Headache
  • Feeling of tightness around the head
  • Feeling light-headed
  • Feeling that you are going to pass out
  • Actually pass out
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling rushed
  • Nervousness
  • Fear
  • Feeling absent
  • Gag in the throat
  • Dry mouth
  • Trouble talking
  • Difficulties thinking clearly
  • Blurred vision
  • Strained jaws
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Bloated or pressured stomach
  • Burping / flatulence
  • Nausea
  • Urinating frequently
  • Sweating more than usual
  • Dead or tingling feeling in the hands, feet and / or face
  • Cold / clammy hands and / or feet
  • Problems concentrating
  • Claustrophobic
  • Muscle cramps
  • Trembling hands