A 29-year-old female asked:
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23 yr old, 33 weeks pregnant. Woke up b/c couldn't breath with increased hr. Normal ecg. Pe ruled out. No anxiety/ panic d/o. Sleep apnea maybe ?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience in Cardiology
SOB: Hummus there are multiple possibilities when you wake up short of breath. Ruling out the pe certainly is important. Sleep apnea is always a possibility too. The best is to discuss with the dr. That knows you and can best evaluate whether any more studies are indicated or just observation for the time. Waking up short of breath doesn't have to be caused by a serious problem, a dream can do it too.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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