Low CO2 in the Blood

A breathing problem that often is overlooked is a low level over carbon dioxide that is caused by a wrong way of breathing. Low carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the blood can have a significant impact on a person’s health. In this section, we will be discussing the causes, symptoms, and treatments of low CO2 in the blood. It is crucial to understand this condition and its management, as it can lead to various health complications if left unaddressed.

Causes and Symptoms of Low CO2 in the Blood

Low carbon dioxide levels in the blood can be attributed to a variety of causes, including high oxygen levels and increased breathing rates. This can for example be triggered by stress, anxiety, certain medicines or a combination of those. Often this process is slowly and not easy to diagnose.

When the body receives an excessive amount of oxygen, it can lead to a reduction in CO2 levels in the blood, resulting in various symptoms. This is because when we inhale an excessive amount of oxygen, we also exhale more CO2. And excessive exhaling of CO2 makes the CO2 level drop and give the body the feeling it needs to breath more and the feeling of being without breath. It’s a natural mechanism for your body to get the CO2 levels up, but since something triggered the body to take more oxygen than needed, the feedback mechanism doesn’t work well and often the person will end in the hospital. In the hospital normally all checks are positive and the persons goes home without any solution. This happens especially when there are no real hyperventilation signs. However those signs often are not vissible when the person is breathing more over a longer period of time and thus slowly let the carbon dioxide levels get out of balance instead of a classical hyperventilation attack.

What can be done

When feeling chest tightness and you feel out of breath always first consult a health care provider. If the important checks have been done and no problem is found, you can try to be more aware of your breathing. When you are just sitting or laying down, the body doesn’t need to breath really deep or fast. Just as your body also your breathing should be relaxed with the stomach relaxed and moving with the breathing. Don’t breath to deeply or too fast, but just make the breathing relax and natural. When the CO2 levels in the body are too low because of too much breathing, resist the urge to breath more fast or deep, because this will make the situation worse. Instead try to relax and make the breathing slow and relax again. Yoga can help to breath more naturally and to relieve stress. If in doubt always check with your health provider.