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Who is at risk for hyperventilation?

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Hyperventilation happens most often to people 15 to 55 years old. It can come about when you feel nervous, anxious, or stressed. If you hyperventilate often, your doctor may tell you that you have hyperventilation syndrome.

Women hyperventilate more often than men do. It may happen more often when a woman is pregnant, but the problem usually goes away on its own after the baby is born.

From: What Is Hyperventilation? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: “Hyperventilation.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Shortness of breath.”

Mayo Clinic: “Asthma treatment: Do complementary and alternative approaches work?”

Nemours Foundation: “Fainting.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Dizziness and motion sickness.” National Jewish Health: “Minimizing shortness of breath.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 07, 2018

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: “Hyperventilation.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Shortness of breath.”

Mayo Clinic: “Asthma treatment: Do complementary and alternative approaches work?”

Nemours Foundation: “Fainting.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: “Dizziness and motion sickness.” National Jewish Health: “Minimizing shortness of breath.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 07, 2018

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