Hyperventilating, also called overbreathing, can occur during panic attacks can be frightening. This can cause your panic attack to escalate.
When someone hyperventilates, they may feel lightheaded or dizzy. They may have additional symptoms of excess gas, belching, bloating or dry mouth. They may feel weak, have problems sleeping or feel numbness or tingling in your arms. They may experience muscle spasms, chest pains or heart palpitations.
Hyperventilating is a symptom of anxiety and panic attacks, but can also signal other, serious health conditions. If you begin hyperventilating, and have not seen a doctor for this symptom, it is important to seek medical attention to determine if there is a medical condition that should be treated immediately. Some of the physical reasons for hyperventilating can include:
Pneumonia or other lung infections
Heart attack, congestive heart failure or heart disease
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