Rapid Breathing Overview

Rapid breathing (tachypnea) is a type of breathing difficulty that has many serious causes, and is often a medical emergency. Tachypnea is a type of hyperpnea and has many of the same causes. Similar symptoms include shallow breathing and breathing difficulty. Although there are a few simple causes (e.g. anxiety attack), many of the causes of tachypnea are life-threatening disorders of the heart, lungs, or other causes. Seek immediate emergency medical attention for tachypnea symptoms.

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