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Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Shortness Of Breath (Definition)

Breathlessness is the sensation of not being able to catch one's breath. It may be seen in asthma, heart failure, ...Read more


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Meaning of pallor and breathlessness on exertion. Anemia?

Meaning of pallor and breathlessness on exertion. Anemia?

Could be: Pallor is one of the sign of anemia. Shortness of breath on exertion presents when your body does not get enough/adequate oxygenation- either from anemia/decreased level of hb (not enough hb to carries o2 to the lung and other vital organs), or other causes- such as problems with the lungs/heart. You should see your md to have a complete evaluation to find the cause and further treatment. ...Read more

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Can anaemia cause shortness of breath?

Can anaemia cause shortness of breath?

Certainly: Anemia leads to low red blood cells that carry oxygen to tissues in the body. With reduced delivery of oxygen, the heart tries to pump more blood or work more and muscles tire more easily and the tissues switch to. ...Read more

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Why would anaemia cause shortness of breath?

Why would anaemia cause shortness of breath?

Shortness of breath: Anemia causes less hemoglobin to be delivered to the tissues so the heart and lungs are working overtime to oxygenate and distribute enough oxygenated blood to the tissues, the increased breathing work is shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath caused by anemia, worse with caffeine, what should I do?

Shortness of breath caused by anemia, worse with caffeine, what should I do?

See doctor: If your shortness of breath is truly from anemia then that means your blood level is pretty low, and you should be evaluated by a doctor and you might need a blood transfusion. Shortness of breath could be due to other reasons even if u have anemia. Anxiety, fast heart rate (from caffeine) etc. ...Read more

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Can anemia cause shortness of breath when walking upstairs?

Can anemia cause shortness of breath when walking upstairs?

Yes.: Anemia limits your blood's oxygen transport ability, which can make you feel short of breath.

Talk to your doc for more insight into your condition, since there are many other cause of breathlessness.

Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Will albuterol help with shortness of breath due to anemia?

May be: Shortness of breath b, cause of anemia is fluid overload so, little help may be not really. ...Read more

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Could my anemia be causing yellowish eyes? Shortness of breath? Nausea?

Yes: Depends on the type of anemia. Some anemias will cause distraction of red blood cells and yellow tinge in the white of eyes.
Anemia can cause shortness of breath, fatigue and low exercise tolerance ...Read more

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Pr3 elevated at 3.9 u/ml labcorp, with no anca titre. Anemia, kidney issue and shortness of breath: should vasculitid be worked up? Diabetic patient.

Pr3 elevated at 3.9 u/ml labcorp, with no anca titre. Anemia, kidney issue and shortness of breath: should vasculitid be worked up? Diabetic patient.

Mgt: I would suggest chest imaging, and discussing a renal workup to include an ultrasound, renal function, and possibly a biopsy. Vasculitis is one possible cause of shortness of breath, but others include fluid retention due to decreased renal function. Is there a family history of renal disease? ...Read more

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Evry while dyspnea for days special when wake up. Lungs, thyoroid, cardiac echo ok, iron 4/hemato34\feritine 10, is anemia reason? More investigation?

Evry while dyspnea for days special when wake up. Lungs, thyoroid, cardiac echo ok, iron 4/hemato34\feritine 10, is anemia reason? More investigation?

Too much testing is: It is not a good idea to keep doing all sorts of tests which may not be relevant because they can only mislead you. If you have trouble breathing, get a lung specialist (pulmonologist) to check you and make sure you do not have asthma or airway allergy. ...Read more

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I have known anemia/gerd/scarring in my lung & recent lar of rectal ca (ned now). New onset of shortness of breath. Do I need to see my dr? Which one?

Start with surgeon: Many things can cause shortness of breath, including some of the things you listed. However new onset of shortness of breath after recent lar always raises the possibility of pulmonary emboli (unlikely but needs to be considered). Start with your surgeon who will start with a chest xray and if significant concerns will get a ct scan. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have dyspnea from 1month and my chest is good no cough no anemia no heart problem no lung problem. Please tell me the cause? I am so worried

I have dyspnea from 1month and my chest is good no cough no anemia no heart problem no lung problem. Please tell me the cause? I am so worried

Dyspnea: Dyspnea with no anemia, lung diseas or heart disease mmay indicate deconditioning, or other systemic illness like Thyroid, liver disease, chronic infections or mental illness. More history a through re-evaluation may help identify etiology ...Read more

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If the heart and lungs are fine, no anemia etc but the brain receives less blood due to say hypotension could it cause shortness of breath?

If the heart and lungs are fine, no anemia etc but the brain receives less blood due to say hypotension could it cause shortness of breath?

Highly Unlikely!: Hypotension drives dizziness, slowness of mental function, etc; dyspnea (shortness of breath) very unlikely. Dyspnea typically a result of exercise, anxiety &/or increased congestion in lungs, as perceived in brain. Having a "normal" echo or MRI does no exclude this because they do not reveal diastolic function, pulmonary venous pressures or air flow; only possibly changes of chronic elevation. ...Read more

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Feeling tired sometimes, shortness of breath, noticeable heartbeat, cold feet and hands. Anemia? I also suffer from Health anxiety and general anxiety

Feeling tired sometimes, shortness of breath, noticeable heartbeat, cold feet and hands. Anemia? I also suffer from Health anxiety and general anxiety

Anxiety: Anemia is unusual in a young man, but easy to test for. All the symptoms you report could be caused by anxiety/hyperventilation. Try breathing into a paper bag to see if symptoms resolve. Long term strategies for anxiety include regular exercise and meditation. ...Read more

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Where would you send a 42 y o woman with long term chronic anemia diagnosed SVT palpitations shortness of breath intermittent swelling of lower extremities and fatigue?

Where would you send a 42 y o woman with long term chronic anemia diagnosed SVT palpitations shortness of breath intermittent swelling of lower extremities and fatigue?

Card & heme: You would need to see cardiologist for your palpitation, shortness of breath and swelling on your legs and make sure you don't have congestive heart failure or other heart problem. You also will need to see a hematologist to figure out why you have chronic anemia as there is a highy likelihood that your anemia is related to all of your symptoms (fatigue, shortness of breath, palpitation etc). ...Read more

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My vitamin B12 level is 118, but RBC and hemoglobin are normal. Is it this anemia? I have weakness, fatigue, palpitation, shortness of breath, neuropathy

Remember: You don't have to be anemic to have vitamin B12 deficiency. Your issues very much could be related to vitamin B12 deficiency without a complicating anemia. You should review supplementation with your doctor. ...Read more

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Symptoms of hypoxia but normal s02?! ; shortness of breath, blue nails, clubbing fingernails, pale/gray skin, tachycardia, fatigue, anxious. No anemia,

Symptoms of hypoxia but normal s02?! ; shortness of breath, blue nails, clubbing fingernails, pale/gray skin, tachycardia, fatigue, anxious. No anemia,

Need ABG....: You need to get an arterial blood gas test (ABG) to see what your oxygen level is. There are many factors that could render a pulse ox test inaccurate. In order to get an accurate measure of your oxygen level, and to see if the pulse ox test is accurate or not, have your doctor order an ABG. The test can be done as an outpatient. Good luck!! ...Read more

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Told iron defic anemia but sudden increased constant symptoms: pain in legs, fatigue, twitching/shaking, shortness of breath/pounding fluttering heart?

Anemia: Go to an er as soon as possible. Your anemia may be getting worse. With the symptoms you describe, you might need to have immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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Feeling bloated and breathlessness?

Short of breath: Lots of potential causes. Just swallowing too much air can cause distension in your abdomen (bloating)and that can be associated with breathlessness from interfering with diaphragmatic motion. Having said that something else could be wrong, see your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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Why does angina cause pain and breathlessness?

Why does angina cause pain and breathlessness?

Lack oxyen: Lack of oxygen causes pain in any muscle when oxygen demand out strips suply. In the legs its called cludication. As for the shortness of breath it can be due to the dysfunction of the left ventricle due to poor oxygen suply. Much like an engine sputters if the fuel line is clogged. Along with heart failure pain and anxiety can also cause shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Can breathlessness due to anxiety be finished?

Can breathlessness due to anxiety be finished?

Yes with some work: You might also want to work with a psychologist to understand what triggers the anxiety in the first place. In addition, learning skills like mindfulness, yoga, breathing, etc. (your therapist can help you with this) and incorporating these skills into you daily routine could help prevent the anxiety. Hope you feel better! ...Read more

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I feel breathlessness due to anxiety. Any solution?

I feel breathlessness due to anxiety. Any solution?

Work with your: Breathing. F you can find a quiet place - do so. Breath in slowly ; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. If you haven't been assessed for your panic/ anxiety - that would be prudent. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more