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what would cause shortness of breath?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience Ophthalmology
Big list: Shortness of breath is due to a demand for oxygen by your body in excess of your capacity to deliver it. This can be due to anemia, heart dysfunction, lung disease or airway problems. These will all be aggravated by exercise and if severe can cause a problem going up stairs or even walking. This needs evaluation by your doctor as soon as possible.
Answered on Feb 27, 2014
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