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Shortness of breath with minimal exertion activities, not a problem when exercising. suffer from migraines and gerd. early 20's and otherwise healthy.

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 46 years experience
Graduated exertion: If shortness of breath is due to a pathologic process (aka "disease"), it progressively worsens with increasing severity of exercise. If I understand you, you become breathless early on but, when you exercise more, it gets better or at least doesn't interfere (?) - to me, that suggests a "warm-up" phenomenon. This is physiologic, not pathologic (aka "normal). Increasing fitness should alleviate it
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