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A 48-year-old male asked:

feeling short of breath when climbing stairs?

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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
Cardiology 23 years experience
Get evaluated: There are many reasons for shortness of breath with exertion, including cardiac, pulmonary, etc. See your doctor for evaluation.
Dr. Jon Spiers
Thoracic Surgery 31 years experience
It depends...: Shortness of breath can be associated with exercise that is out of the ordinary for us - so if you are sedentary, the exertion of climbing stairs can cause shortness of breath. If you are normally able to do this without being short of breath or discomfort, this is a significant change and you should see your doctor straight away. It could be a sign of cardiac or pulmonary disease.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Why do I always get so short of breath after climbing stairs, but not while I am climbing them?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
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See below: You are more likely to notice the shortness of breath after you stop and maybe that is why you stopped in the first place. Keep walking and you will eventiually get short of breath while doing the exercise. When you stop you have just completed the entire exercise so more likely to be short of breath than when you were halfway finished.
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Could there be mold in my house if every time I am home for any length of time I am short of breath and feel aloof?

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If someone with a greenfield filter develops shortness of breath, could there be a clot in the filter?

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is there anything I can do to help my shortness of breath?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
See doctor: There are many reasons for shortness of breath including heart problems, lung problems, anxiety problems, clots in the lungs. They are treated differently so that you need a doctor to examine you and get appropriate testing. The treatment depends on the cause. Some are serious but still may respond to treatment, so get help.

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