Figure 611

Signs and symptoms of respiratory alkalosis. The manifestations of primary hypocapnia frequently occur in the acute phase, but seldom are evident in chronic respiratory alkalosis. Several mechanisms mediate these clinical manifestations, including cerebral hypoperfusion, alkalemia, hypocalcemia, hypokalemia, and decreased release of oxygen to the tissues by hemoglobin. The cardiovascular effects of respiratory alkalosis are more prominent in patients undergoing mechanical ventilation and those with ischemic heart disease [2].

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