Also known as Hyperventilation, Tachypnea, Rapid Breathing, Increased Respiratory Rate, and Tachypneic
Hyperventilation occurs when the rate and quantity of alveolar ventilation of carbon dioxide exceeds body's production of carbon dioxide.Source: Wikipedia
The most common causes of breathing fast are anxiety, panic disorder, and acute bronchiolitis. Other possible causes, such as urinary tract infection, are more rare.
Within all the people who go to their doctor with breathing fast, 66% report having anxiety and nervousness, 54% report having shortness of breath, and 48% report having cough.
Patients with breathing fast often receive radiographic imaging procedure, hematologic tests, plain x-ray, complete blood count, electrocardiogram, intravenous fluid replacement, kidney function tests and electrolytes panel .
The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with breathing fast include lorazepam, prednisolone, ethosuximide, tegaserod (zelnorm), chlorpheniramine / dextromethorphan / pseudoephedrine, calcium acetate, cimetidine, sodium polystyrene sulfonate (kayexalate), ibandronate (boniva) and triamcinolone nasal product .
Groups of people at highest risk for breathing fast include race/ethnicity = other, race/ethnicity = hispanic and age < 1 years.