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:
- 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, encephalitis, meningitis, or stroke.
- Physical problems that cause pressure on or within the chest, such as:
- Chest wall injury.
- Collapsed lung (pneumothorax).
- Severe abdominal fluid retention (ascites).
- Situations where there is a psychological advantage for a person to have a sudden, dramatic illness.
Current as of:
November 14, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: November 14, 2022
William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine