Hyperventilation Definition, Causes & More

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3. Anxiety & Stress

Anxiety is one of the major causes of hyperventilation. Research reveals that around 60 percent of panic attacks are accompanied by hyperventilation. During a panic attack, the body releases a stress hormone called adrenaline. This immediately picks up the heart rate as the body goes into fight-or-flight mode.

Controlled breathing, which is practiced by using a paper bag, is one of the measures to regulate breathing. It's important for the body to relax before relaxed measured breathing can take place again.2‘How Correct Breathing Reduces Anxiety.’ No Panic, 6 Mar. 2020, nopanic.org.uk/important-breathe-properly-help-anxiety.


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