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Forum Name: Chest symptoms

Question: bradypnea... respirations 8-10 normally


 fyrelight74 - Sat Feb 25, 2006 9:01 am

Hi! I'm 31, F. I am in a medical assisting course, and we are checking one another's respirations. Mine are consistently lower than most at 8-10 respirations per minute. I'm just wondering why this might be... my pulse is normally 80-100.

I am overweight, but I work out frequently and eat properly. I take metformin for diabetes (resulted from taking corticosteroids, but my A1C is now 5.7%), and methyldopa for a borderline high diastolic pressure.

Someone mentioned once that because I used to sing a lot, my breathing rate would be slower and deeper, but I wasn't professional, just sang in church, etc.

I'm just wondering why my respirations are so low.... instead of the normal 1:4 respirations to pulse ratio, I get a 1:10???

Thanks!
 Theresa Jones, RN - Tue May 30, 2006 8:45 am

User avatar Hi fyrelight74,
Even though technically the normal range for respirations are considered 12-20 per minute, in some people the rate may be slightly lower or higher than the "normal range". For accuracy, when in question, rates are assessed for a full minute. For instance, people whom are athletic may have a lower respiratory rate, heart rate, and blood pressure than others may experience whom are less active. If your physician upon your evaluations have found no other abnormalities and is not concerned with this being slightly lower than normal then I would not worry much at this point.
Sincerely,
Theresa Jones, RN

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