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what can cause shortness of breath?

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Dr. Tauseef Qureshi
13 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Many things: There are many causes of shortness of breath. The easiest way is to compartmentalize into three categories. 1. Any problems with the heart – heart failure, enlargement of the heart, or valve disease of the heart. 2. Any problem with the lungs – asthma, COPD, fluid around the lungs, fluid in the lungs, or lung scarring to name a few. 3. Everything else – deconditioning or knee/hip pain for example.
Answered on Feb 21, 2020
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