Does Chronic Hyperventilation Cause Brain Damage?
“Does chronic hyperventilation cause brain damage?” “…since it causes cerebral hypoxia due to low CO2 level, can we deduce that it cause brain damage?” Voluntarily hyperventilating is unlikely to cause any problems. Your brain and body is generally too intelligent to allow you to damage yourself in such a manner. Low CO2 levels from Hyperventilation can cause cerebral vasoconstriction and ischemia. This usually is only a seen in settings of artificial respiration. Well it does not directly cause brain damage. However, you are correct that it can cause brain damage indirectly. When you hyper ventilate, your brain becomes depleted of oxygen. This is not good. Extened periods of lack of oxygen can cause cells (and neurons) to become damaged, or even die. This should not really be a problem unless it is a regular occurance. Hyperventilating for a few seconds every day wont do much, but if you are hyperventilating for very long periods of time multiple times daily, this could be a problem. I strongly suggest you speak to a doctor about this if you are concerned. If I can help, I suggest practising breathing excersises regularly. This will allow you over time to become more in Continue reading >>