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Breathing Frecency

Updated: 4 days ago

A general guideline for categorizing breathing frequency based on severity using breaths per minute (BPM):

  1. Normal breathing frequency: The normal breathing frequency for adults is 12-20 BPM.

  2. Tachypnea: Breathing frequency above 20 BPM is considered tachypnea and may indicate an underlying medical condition such as anxiety, asthma, pneumonia, or heart failure.

  3. Bradypnea: Breathing frequency below 12 BPM is considered bradypnea and may indicate an underlying medical condition such as sleep apnea, drug overdose, or a neurological disorder.

It's important to note that breathing frequency may vary depending on the individual's age, health status, and other factors. Additionally, some medical conditions or medications may affect breathing frequency. If you are concerned about your breathing frequency or if you experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, or wheezing, it's important to seek medical attention.


  1. Cleveland Clinic. (n.d.). Vital Signs (Body Temperature, Pulse Rate, Respiration Rate, Blood Pressure)

  2. Mayo Clinic. (n.d.). Shortness of breath

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