Hypercapnia is excess carbon dioxide (CO2) buildup in your body. The condition, also described as hypercapnia, hypercarbia, or carbon dioxide retention, can cause effects such as headaches, dizziness, and fatigue, as well as serious complications such as seizures or loss of consciousness.
What does it mean if your CO2 is high?
Abnormal results may indicate that your body has an electrolyte imbalance, or that there is a problem removing carbon dioxide through your lungs. Too much CO2 in the blood can indicate a variety of conditions including: Lung diseases. Cushings syndrome, a disorder of the adrenal glands.
How do you get carbon dioxide out of your blood?
The main function of the lungs is gas exchange, to provide oxygen and remove carbon dioxide from the blood. When high levels of carbon dioxide are elevated in the blood, it can lead to respiratory failure. Symptoms include shortness of breath and cognitive issues.