Tachypnea is a medical term for rapid breathing. It is normal for people who are exercising or during significant physical exertion but can indicate a serious health condition is it occurs at rest. There are a lot of reasons for tachypnea, not all of them severe, but it doesn't just happen on its own.


1. Basics of Tachypnea

Tachypnea is the medical term for rapid, shallow breathing. When at rest, a healthy adult breathes between 12 and 20 times a minute. Breathing rates for athletes who are very fit can decrease to 8 breaths per minute. Tachypnea begins when an adult breathes more than 25 times a minute when at rest.

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