BreathingNEWS #1 - 2022

Dr. Frances Ames: The Hyperventilation Syndrome

Dr. Frances Ames: The Hyperventilation Syndrome

Excerpt from the book:
The hyperventilation syndrome is the name given to a distinctive group of symptoms and signs which are caused by an increase in the depth and rate of breathing. This abnormal breathing is nearly always the result of emotional stress.

Primitive man could and did take to his heels or use his fists if afraid. Modern man, inhibited by cultural and social traditions of behavior, is unable to do so. So the age-old physiological preparation for flight or fight is not carried over into any functional motor activity. This is when trouble arises. A strong emotional reaction with no motor outlet turns on itself to cause a physical upset.

Henderson (1909) made a study of the effects of overbreathing. He hyperventilated sixty subjects for 45-90 seconds and concluded that the effects were similar to those of shock.

✅ Hill and Flack (1910) found that “polygraph tracings show an acceleration of the pulse during forced breathing; the pulse can be felt to become weak or even disappear with each inspiratory effort, to return with expiration. Systolic blood pressure falls considerably with each inspiration.

✅ In 1938 Soley and Shock made an interesting observation: “We have been impressed by the peripheral vasoconstriction which is so marked during forced breathing that the fingers must be stabbed deeply to obtain blood for chemical studies.“

✅ Grant and Goldman (1920) recognized that many of the symptoms and signs following overbreathing corresponded with those of tetany. The fact was driven home to them in a dramatic fashion during an experiment with Goldman as the subject. Grant describes it thus: “After breathing very deeply for 30 minutes A.G. suddenly went into a complete tetanic convulsion. At the onset, he involuntarily gave a loud high-pitched scream, probably due to the contraction of the muscles of respiration and the forcing of air out through contracted vocal cords. The entire body was rigid, all the muscles being contracted in tetanic spasm. The back was arched somewhat and all extremities extended completely. Relaxation occurred within 30 seconds, and there was no further spasm.
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