What is the proposed reasoning behind chene stokes breathing?
Heart failure. The hypothesis is that in heart failure the blood slows to the point that CO2 builds up causing a temporary hypercarbia. In response to the hypercarbia respiration increases and the pt hyperventilates and blows off enough CO2 to make the chemoreceptors shut off thereby allowing the CO2 to build back up again and the cycle repeats itself. (this is my understanding and may be flawed. I did not get this from any text or from Denise)