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Supportve care for asthma attacks

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In addition to beta agonists, steroids, epi, mag, etc, etc in treatment of asthma, you might also consider coaching your patients to breathe slower.

Eurekalert has a study from Southern Methodist University showing that asthma patients who were taught to slow their breathing during an attack can decrease the severity of attacks.

During an attack, sufferers tend to hyperventilate, breathing fast and deep against constricted airways to fight an overwhelming feeling of oxygen deprivation.

Unfortunately, this makes the problem worse by lowering the body’s carbon dioxide levels, which restricts blood flow to the brain and can further irritate already hypersensitive bronchial passages.

Patients who “overbreathe” on a sustained basis risk chronic CO2 deficiencies that make them even more vulnerable to future attacks. Rescue medications that relieve asthma symptoms do nothing to correct breathing difficulties associated with hyperventilation.

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Written by ben

September 20th, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Posted in research

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