Hyperventilation and asthma oftentimes occur alongside one another. In some cases, hyperventilation may happen because a person’s fear of having an asthma attack can result in anxiety and panic attacks. And this anxiousness can worsen the symptoms of asthma, which for some leads to hyperventilation.
In other cases, Livestrong.com says, “hyperventilation can precede or trigger an asthma attack,” causing possible symptoms such as chest pain, dizziness, and heart palpitations, along with rapid breathing. These symptoms are very similar to those of an asthma attack, however, so it can sometimes be challenging to distinguish between the two.