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A 79-year-old female asked:

I have shortness of breath but oxygen levels are 97 to 99, have been checked by ent, pul,heart, had accupuncture, lung test, breathing test , no one seems to know what to do for me, i'm like an invalid, not able to do anything without being sob?

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 38 years experience
A chest image and D Dimer is recommended, if not already completed. COVID 19 screening is also suggested. Post COVID 19 infection, shortness of breath and fatigue are relatively common. A blood test for anemia and hematologic disorders may also be considered. Please have a full evaluation with your PCP or with the ED if in distress.
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Dr. Anthony McDonald
Hospital-based practice 10 years experience
I agree with the above statement; To add to the above, i would check a BNP and echocardiogram to check for CHF or valvular heart disease. Also, if there a history of anxiety, that can cause feelings of sob. There can also be mechanical issues, like sleep apnea which can lead to progressive sob.
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Last updated May 13, 2022


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