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What may increase your risk of a problem from hyperventilation?

Many conditions, lifestyle choices, medicines, and diseases interfere with your ability to heal or fight disease. You may be at risk for a more serious problem from your symptoms if you have any of the following. Be sure to tell your health professional.

Conditions

  • Age older than 60
  • A head injury within the past 4 weeks
  • A mental health problem, such as an anxiety disorder or depression
  • High altitude
  • Pregnancy or recent delivery
  • Surgery to remove the spleen

Lifestyle choices

  • Alcohol abuse or withdrawal
  • Drug abuse or withdrawal
  • Smoking or other tobacco use

Medicines

  • Amphetamines
  • Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines
  • Beta2-agonist medicines, such as albuterol, aminophylline, ephedrine, epinephrine, terbutaline, and theophylline
  • Progesterone

Diseases

  • Anemia
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Diabetes
  • Heart arrhythmias
  • Heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Lung disease
  • Panic disorder
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary edema
  • Pulmonary embolus
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Sepsis
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Stroke
  • Thyroid problems, such as Graves' disease and hyperthyroidism
Author Jan Nissl, RN, BS
Editor Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Associate Editor Tracy Landauer
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Last Updated September 12, 2008

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: September 12, 2008
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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