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A 36-year-old member asked:

what could be causing my breathing problems?

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Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Many causes: The problem can be related to your airway or your heart. Airway causes include lung conditions such as asthma or bronchitis. It can also be related to the airway higher up such as at the voice box, base of tongue, or nose. Causes can also be related to your heart. If your heart is not effective in pumping out adequate blood, your body may not be getting adequate oxygen.

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A 68-year-old member asked:

What causes breathing problems when I exerise?

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Dr. Samuel Hahn
Cardiology 28 years experience
Too many to list: The sensation of shortness of breath can be caused by cardiac, vascular and/or pulmonary problems including things like asthma, lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, cardiac ischemia, obesity, valvular heart disease, congestive heart failure, essential hypertension. If you exercise tolerance is progressively deteriorating, see your physician.
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Dr. David Wyatt commented
Family Medicine 26 years experience
asthma is up there on the list - but also endurance - if you are just starting exercise - you may breathe heavier - but if this is getting worse or limiting you in any way - STOP and see MD before repeating...
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What're the common causes of breathing problems?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Many...: There are many, many causes of breathing problems. Some are related to the respiratory system (asthma, copd), others to the cardiac system (congestive heart failure). Some problems are due to infection (pneumonia) and others related to trauma (quadriplegia). There are congenital causes (cystic fibrosis) and some causes where the etiology is not known. There are so many causes so see your doctor!
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can hot weather cause breathing problems?

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Dr. Kristin Keskey
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Yes: Hot weather can be associated with ozone or smog from peoples airconditioners, stay indoors.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can being extremely tense cause breathing problems?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Tense: Being extremely tense can cause some breathing and other difficulties.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What can cause breathing problems in utero?

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Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
Question is unclear: In utero we do not actually breathe - our needs are met by the transfer of nutrients and oxygen to the fetus across teh placenta. With a problem with the placenta there can be less adequate support for the fetus. Does this answer your qestion?

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