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Doctor insights on: Breathlessness Bending Over Obesity

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Could being obese cause shortness of breath?

Could being obese cause shortness of breath?

Yes: Simply put, if you are obese, you can be short of breath for many reasons. You could be cardiovascularly out of shape, causing shortness of breath (sob). Or, you could have something called "pickwickian syndrome" where the abdominal obesity affects your breathing simply by too much abdominal mass not allowing the lungs to expand. There are other reasons too, but these are the main ones... ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...Read more


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I am experiencing fatigue, obesity, shortness of breath (time frame: gradual onset) (severity: mild) (worsened by: exercise or physical activity) ... activity-walking into a store in there about five minutes walking out, I was feeling very tired. ?

I am experiencing  fatigue, obesity, shortness of breath (time frame: gradual onset) (severity: mild) (worsened by: exercise or physical activity) ...
activity-walking into a store in there about five minutes walking out, I was feeling very tired. ?

Needs evaluation: This could be any number of things - and should be properly evaluated by a doctor with questioning (history), physical exam, labs and studies. The list of possible diseases is long, but hopefully as you point out relatively mild in presentation. If you can't get an appointment with your primary doctor right away, you might want to connect with a Health Tap doc here for a virtual consult. ...Read more

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Can your anxiety levels be high and you not actuallly feel tit? Im 22 with bouts of shortness of breath i wshould i be concerned that i got heart disease this early? Im not obese im thin and don't smoke but exposed to 2nd hand smoke

Can your anxiety levels be high and you not actuallly feel tit? Im 22 with bouts of shortness of breath i wshould i be concerned that i got heart disease this early? Im not obese im thin and don't smoke but exposed to 2nd hand smoke

High anxiety level : Anxiety may manifest itself in many different ways. High anxiety level may mimic the symptoms of a heart attack and/or respiratory condition. Sometimes also, physical conditions may trigger anxiety. Get first reassured on your physical health by having a physical exam and lab work-up done by your general practitioner to rule out any medical condition before seeing any therapist or psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Breathlessness age 19 no other symptoms?

Get a physical: exam and breathing tests from your doctor. If it is negative then it is probably due to anxiety. ...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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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

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How do you grade the severity of patient's breathlessness?

Short of breath: Either by performing an exercise treadmill , 6 minute walk or a cardiopulmonary test . Very commonly deconditioning or lack of exercise play a big roll. ...Read more

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