It causes a decrease in the amount of a gas in the blood (called carbon dioxide, or CO2). This decrease may make you feel lightheaded, have a rapid heartbeat, and be short of breath. It also can lead to numbness or tingling in your hands or feet, anxiety, fainting, and sore chest muscles.
Can hyperventilating harm you?
Low carbon dioxide levels lead to narrowing of the blood vessels that supply blood to the brain. This reduction in blood supply to the brain leads to symptoms like lightheadedness and tingling in the fingers. Severe hyperventilation can lead to loss of consciousness. For some people, hyperventilation is rare.
Can hyperventilating make you sick?
This deep, quick breathing can change whats in your blood. Normally, you breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. But when you hyperventilate, the carbon dioxide levels in your bloodstream drop too low. Youll notice it right away because youll start to feel sick.
Does hyperventilation have long term effects?
Life-threatening conditions associated with rapid or deep breathing include, heart problems, lung problems, nervous system problems, drug reactions and poisons, infections, pregnancy, and liver disorders.