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Breathlessness (Definition)

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

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Breathlessness in humans activates insular cortex. What does this mean?

Breathlessness in humans activates insular cortex. What does this mean?

You read a paper: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10923655 some people were put in a color pet scanner and were made to hold their breath. The signal from the insular cortex changed, as it does from other uncomfortable things. The results were published in an obscure journal. This is not cutting-edge science or surprising, though i'm glad someone does studies like this. ...Read more

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Heart attack (Tip)

Heart attack

A heart attack can present as shortness of breath with or without chest pain. ...See more

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I have heard there is new medication just out to treat Breathlessness and wheezing, can you confirm what this is please.?

I have heard there is new medication just out to treat Breathlessness and wheezing, can you confirm what this is please.?

Asthma? COPD?: It depends on whether your inhalers are for mild asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder) http://www.webmd.com/asthma/news/20140702/new-inhaled-drug-shows-promise-against-asthma-allergies http://www.centerwatch.com/drug-information/fda-approved-drugs/drug/1323/incruse-ellipta-umeclidinium-inhalation-powder ...Read more

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I had an chest X-ray and I have scoliosis! Could this be related to breathlessness I have been experiencing and how is scoliosis treated?

I had an chest X-ray and I have scoliosis! Could this be related to breathlessness I have been experiencing and how is scoliosis treated?

Hard to say: Scoliosis varies from very little to quite a bit.It is usually only those with a lot that would have breathing issues (irregular shape of rib cage). Scoliosis treatment varies from none at all to surgery for the worst cases.At 19 you are unlikely to worsen (worsens during rapid growth) Discuss the finding with your doc.It is likely just a finding of little importance. ...Read more

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Aerobic Exercise

Don't be discouraged during startup. Its normal to have shortness of breath. Your body will respond. ...See more

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Treatment for breathlessness?Please suggest medecine.

Treatment for breathlessness?Please suggest medecine.

Please get exam!: Having trouble breathing or feeling like you cannot get enough air to breathe is a potentially serious symptom - and it can be caused by problems in the lungs or heart - or both. It can also be caused by anemia or kidney disease. Don't wait. Breathing is non-negotiable. Find out what's causing your symptoms and get the condition treated. Good luck. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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Heart failure (Tip)

Heart failure

Shortness of breath, edema; if the pump won't work; i weigh more and can't lay flat. ...See more

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How can I cure my COPD breathlessness in order to sleep?

How can I cure my COPD breathlessness in order to sleep?

See doctor: There are many treatments for COPD but the word cure is probably not very appropriate. You can improve but it is doubtful you will be cured. First the diagnosis has to be clarified with various tests which will also help decide how severe is the problem. If you are smoking, stop. There are pills and inhaled medicines that improve copd. You may need oxygen at night or during the day as well. ...Read more

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