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A female asked:

hi, i'm anemic and i'm taking iron for 2 weeks now, and the last 3 days i've noticed that i get shortness of breath when i drink water, is it normal?

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Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
Internal Medicine 55 years experience
No: Your anemia is probably not better
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Unusual: If you're not experiencing shortness of breath with exercise or other exertion, your symptom doesn't suggest a heart or lung cause or even a relationship to anemia. If drinking water distends your stomach it could make you feel like you can't take a deep breath for a short time. If the water goes down the wrong way, coughing would also occur. How much water intake makes you feel short of breath?
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Provided original answer
Sometimes this fleeting sensation is associated with isolated premature heart beats which would show up taking your pulse or wearing a cardiac monitor as an outpatient for 24-48 hours. Just a thought.
Jan 5, 2017

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