Shallow breathing

What is Shallow breathing?

Shallow breathing, thoracic breathing, or chest breathing is the drawing of minimal breath into the lungs, usually by drawing air into the chest area using the intercostal muscles rather than throughout the lungs via the diaphragm. Shallow breathing can result in or be symptomatic of rapid breathing and hyperventilation. Most people who breathe shallowly do it throughout the day and are almost always unaware of the condition.

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I made the comment on a diabetes forum that shallow breathing can cause weight gain. I believe this can be explained physiologically because the...

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Hi, I am in desperate need of advice, hope you can help. I am a 27 year old female, slim weighing 8 stone 9 pounds.
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I hope you can, because we are all puzzled... We took my mom off the vent on wed, and sense then.. She has swelling in her hands and forearms, temp...

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From the history you have given me I think your mom is suffering from pulmonary edema ( fluid in the lungs), since she...

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