Causes of Hyperventilation
Hyperventilation symptoms can be similar to symptoms that are caused by another problem. Hyperventilation can also be directly caused by:
- A medical condition or disease. Examples include:
- Reference Asthma Opens New Window and Reference chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Opens New Window.
- A blood clot, such as a Reference deep vein thrombosis (DVT) Opens New Window or Reference pulmonary embolus Opens New Window.
- Heart failure.
- Fluid in the lungs, such as Reference pulmonary edema Opens New Window.
- Infection, such as Reference pneumonia Opens New Window.
- Scarring of the lungs, such as Reference pulmonary fibrosis Opens New Window.
- Lung disease.
- Panic disorder.
- Thyroid problems, such as Reference Graves' disease Opens New Window and Reference hyperthyroidism Opens New Window.
- A rapid increase in altitude.
- Ingestion or overdose of drugs, including amphetamine, aspirin, asthma medicines, cocaine, iron, LSD, or methamphetamine.
- Nervous system problems, such as head injuries, Reference encephalitis Opens New Window, Reference meningitis Opens New Window, or stroke.
- Physical problems
that cause pressure on or within the chest, such as:
- Chest wall injury.
- Collapsed lung (Reference pneumothorax Opens New Window).
- Severe abdominal fluid retention (ascites).
- Situations where there is a psychological advantage for a person to have a sudden, dramatic illness.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: August 29, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference David Messenger, MD