Chronic Hypoventilation

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Chronic hypoventilation is a serious disease which only a few surgeons are able to treat. Patients suffering from this disease face a lot of problems.  In this disease there is a slow and regular depletion of carbon dioxide from the blood. Therefore because of this the receptors those are required to be bonding with CO2 instead bond with oxygen and this results in the consumption of much of it at a single place and there is only a little volume left for the body’s systems and body’s organs to have.

So what does it mean?  It means that the body parts like the brain the muscles, the stomach etc. will not able to get enough oxygen and because of this the patients start getting  such symptoms which are unrelated, in all these or some parts of the body. Like the patient’s brain, ears and stomach all may have problems which cannot be related to each other. Doctors may also sometimes find it hard to spot the real problem. But surely the experts can do.

Symptoms of Chronic Hypoventilation

The major sign through which Chronic Hyperventilation Syndrome can be spotted is the existence of hazy faintness along with a number of other apparently distinct symptoms that can include one or several of the following:

  1. shortness of breath
  2. regular sighing or yawning
  3. Pain in chest
  4. palpitation of heart
  5. sweating
  6. syncope
  7. dizziness
  8. trembling
  9. slurred speech
  10. cold, numb lips or extremities
  11. nausea
  12. painful muscles or joints
  13. tiredness, shakiness, or weakness
  14. restless sleep or insomnia
  15. sexual problems
  16. anxiety or phobias
  17. fear of being hypochondriac
  18. feeling dryness in mouth
  19. difficulty  in swallowing
  20. bloating, flatulence, belching, or abdominal pain
  21. weaken memory or concentration
  22. confusion
  23. ringing in ears
  24. headaches
  25. unclear vision, double vision, tunnel vision, or flashing lights
  26. rapid pulse
  27. depression
  28. irregular blood pressure


So the time comes for a doctor’s consultation about Chronic Hypoventilation when many of the above symptoms found familiar. Try for a good doctor who knows about it and who can really give a proper treatment after knowing it.

Treatment of Chronic Hypoventilation

There are differences in opinions of doctors regarding the treatment of Chronic Hypoventilation just because of the reason that the opinions about the causes of it also don’t match too. There are doctors who are of the opinion that the cause of HVS is anxiety but there are also   others who are of the opinion that the anxiety is, as expected caused by body’s steady however unconscious fear of coming suffocation. Both can be correct because there may some type of onion cycle which have both the HVS as well as the anxiety helping out each other. So the following are the suggested treatments which can be helpful:

  1. Anti-anxiety medications
  2. Meditation or other relaxation techniques
  3. Psychotherapy
  4. Breathing exercises
  5. Biofeedback

Though the above is not a complete list and the treatment may vary according to persons.