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A 33-year-old male asked:

What are the possible causes of shortness of breath?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Many possibilities: You're taking albuterol so asthma & copd/emphysema come to mind. Pleural effusion & pulmonary embolism, too. Bronchitis & pneumonia. Heart attack & heart failure. Abnormal heart rhythm. Pneumothorax. If that's not enough, check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/shortness-of-breath/my00119/dsection=causes. Check w/your doc for thorough evaluation.
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 32 years experience
Near infinite causes: Shortness of breath can be due to many reasons, but the common denominator is oxygen delivery. If you cannot get enough oxygen to your cells, your body feels short of breath. Wether this is significant depends on the reason - you may be out of shape, have some sort of lung disease, or some heart issue. There are many other possible reasons, so you should ask your personal doctor.

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A 50-year-old female asked:

Will this cause shortness of breath?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Shortness of breath: It hasn't made me short of breath yet. If you're referring to sinus infection or uri, they can but usually at most very mild. Your question isn't clear as to what 'this' is. As bill clinton said, it all depends on what this is.
A 33-year-old male asked:

Common causes of shortness of breath?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Many!: Lungs: asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonia (100 causes), pulm. Embolism ("clot"), pneumothorax, tumor, effusion and more. Heart: CHF with 100 causes anemia, thyroid xs or deficiency, obesity, rib cage deformity, paralyzed diaphragm, neuromuscular disorders (ms, als), foreign body, aspiration, psychogenic, hyperventilation, metabolic acidosis. I'm sure i've forgotten a few.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Bending over causes shortness of breath?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
52 years experience
Short of breath: Are you obese, bending over in folks with large abdomens can impair diaphragmatic motion and cause shortness of breath.
A 20-year-old male asked:

I'm 20 and have shortness of breath what could be causing it ?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
There are many cause: You are twenty years old and having shortness of breath.We can not tell you on this site what is causing your symptoms you need to be checked with detailed history and physical examination and some other tests including blood;urine, and if indicated xray chest, ekg and pulmonary function tests it may be from anemia, pulmonary condition like asthma;others and heart problem so make an appt and get chec.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What can cause shortness of breath (dyspnea)?

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Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
SOB: Depending on your age, heart and lung causes need to be looked at. Also one would look at other symptoms ie. Chest pain, cough, sinus symptoms.

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