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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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Can you die from shortness of breath?

Can you die from shortness of breath?

Can happen: Yes depending on how severe and what is causing it. It is important that you seek medical help right away if you experience uncommon shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Constant chest pain worse when sleeping, Shortness of breath when sleeping. Have had X-rays and nothing has been found. Might die in my sleep,?

Constant chest pain worse when sleeping, Shortness of breath when sleeping. Have had X-rays and nothing has been found. Might die in my sleep,?

This is worrisome: Any pain that occurs while sleeping is dangerous. You need to have your heart examined as well as your chest, and soon. Always sleep with your head up on a wedge or several pillows and see checklist for avoiding heartburn. Good luck. Get seen. ...Read more

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I am having mild mitral valve prolapse with mild regurgitation.I have shortness of breath and chest pain. I feel like iam going to die. Why is it so?

I am having mild mitral valve prolapse with mild regurgitation.I have shortness of breath and chest pain. I feel like iam going to die. Why is it so?

Doubt it's the heart: I don't think your symptoms can be caused by your heart given your description of the echo findings. There could be many other causes of your symptoms. One potential would be panic attacks. Often these give you the feeling you are dying. Check with your doctor for follow up. ...Read more

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Could shortness of breath lead to sudden cardiac death?

Could shortness of breath lead to sudden cardiac death?

Effect, not cause: Shortness of breath is a symptom. It can be caused by alot of different things. Some of those things could cause sudden cardiac death. For example, a heart attack can present as shortness of breath and lead to sudden death. A pulmonary embolism can cause sob and lead to death. But also remember, alot of benign things can cause sob. Needs to be properly evaluated. ...Read more

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Anxiety or heart problems? Shortness of breath, chest pain, cramps all over the body, nervous, feeling of imminent death., since couple of months, went to pcp he diagnosed panic attacks without eco or any other test

Anxiety or heart problems? Shortness of breath, chest pain, cramps all over the body, nervous, feeling of imminent death., since couple of months, went to pcp he diagnosed panic attacks without  eco  or any other test

Panic: Good % of mitral valve prolapse pts. Suffer panic disorder/pd which is diagnosed in absence of other mental diagnosis. Treatment is different if you suffer from generalized anxiety/gad with panic attacks. Good that tests are normal. This is very common and nothing to worry about. Zoloft, paxil, xanax, Effexor (venlafaxine) are all powerful meds for pd. Many more for gad. Do not panic about your panic.. ...Read more

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For 6 months: total loss of appetite, swollen lymph nodes, rapid heart beat (110 avg), severe shortness of breath, fatigue. Help. Feeling like death. ?

For 6 months: total loss of appetite, swollen lymph nodes, rapid heart beat (110 avg), severe shortness of breath, fatigue. Help. Feeling like death. ?

I am very sick: Please understand the limits of internet medicine. You are describing significant symptoms. If your physicians are finding that you have no obvious diagnoses it is time for a second opinion or to go to your family physician and to ask what and when you will understand what is wrong with you. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath on exertion and at rest. Former smoker but already quit. What could it be, in a 26 year-old.....?

Shortness of breath on exertion and at rest. Former smoker but already quit. What could it be, in a 26 year-old.....?

Shortness of breath: There is a long list of causes of shortness of breath. Asthma and other lung diseases; heart diseases; anemia. Your symptoms are potentially serious and should be investigated. Would need more information to make any useful suggestions. Should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Why im shortness of breath?

Why im shortness of breath?

Many causes: You should really be evaluated. It can be from deconditioning, heart problems, lung problems, smoking, kidney problems, thyroid problems...Etc. See this link for more details: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/shortness-of-breath/my00119. ...Read more

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What is considered shortness of breath?

Short of breath: Generally a feeling of increased work to breathe is considered 'shortness of breath', generally the respiratory rate is increased at those times. ...Read more

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What are the causes of shortness of breath?

Shortness of breath: This is a symptom of not getting enough air. It can be caused by many things. If the person is normal but there isn't enough oxygen, if the person over exerts. If there isn't enough red blood cells in the blood. If the lungs don't work well, heart dysfunction, abnormal respiratory mechanics. ...Read more

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What is cause of shortness of breath?

Many causes: Shortness of breath has many potential causes, many benign but some serious. If associated with other symptoms or progressive, professional medical assessment is prudent. Blood tests (looking for anemia, etc.), cardiac and pulmonary abnormalities can be sorted out fairly easily. Then the underlying causes for those abnormalities can be sought. Psychological causes can be responsible as well. ...Read more

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What would cause shortness of breath?

What would cause shortness of breath?

Big list: Shortness of breath is due to a demand for oxygen by your body in excess of your capacity to deliver it. This can be due to anemia, heart dysfunction, lung disease or airway problems. These will all be aggravated by exercise and if severe can cause a problem going up stairs or even walking. This needs evaluation by your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Common causes of shortness of breath?

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. ...Read more

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What does shortness of breath feel like?

Elephant on chest: To paraphrase supreme court potter stewart, you'll know it when you feel it. Some people describe shortness of breath as not being able to inhale deep (or deeply enough). Others describe it as if an elephant were sitting on their chest so they couldn't breathe, like someone squeezing you too tightly. You may or may not wheeze when short of breath. Go see your family doc for pulmonary function test. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath and what's the cause of it?

Shortness of breath and what's the cause of it?

?: Exercise fatigue? pneumonia? asthma? anemia? heart problem? Possibilities are endless without knowing more information that includes any past medical problems, onset of symptoms, severity, exacerbating/relieving factors, coinciding symptoms, etc. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to have shortness of breath?

Difficulty breathing: You will feel hungry for air and as of you need more air and can't get enough. ...Read more