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Common causes of shortness of breath?

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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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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Hello Whats the most common causes of shortness of breath 20 year olds. Ive read Asthma and anxiety would be on the top and less common is heart?

Hello Whats the most common causes of shortness of breath 20 year olds. Ive read Asthma and anxiety would be on the top and less common is heart?

Yes, also: Asthma and anxiety are common causes of shortness of breath (SOB) in 20 year olds. Of course feeling SOB can make you feel anxious. If you have asthma you often make wheezing sounds. Heart problems generally don't cause SOB unless you have heart failure which is very rare in 20 yo's. Infections like bronchitis and pneumonia and Babesiosis (an infection most docs never consider) can also cause SOB. ...Read more

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What is the most common cause of clubbing nails with shortness of breath, chest pain, high heart rate?

What is the most common cause of clubbing nails with shortness of breath, chest pain, high heart rate?

Clubbing: describes the bulbous, clublike deformation of the distal portion of the fingers and toes resulting from connective-tissue proliferation.Clubbing may be hereditary , ie, primary hypertrophic osteoarthropathy, but, more often, it is acquired and is associated with a number of infectious, inflammatory, neoplastic, and vascular disorders. it may occur with several lung diseases . Ref:Medscape ...Read more

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What is the most common cause of tightness in the center of chest, shortness of breath, and pressure on left side of heart near ribcage?

What is the most common cause of tightness in the center of chest, shortness of breath, and pressure on left side of heart near ribcage?

Heart attack/angina: It is quite possible that the symptoms you are describing could be due to strain on your heart, or even a heart attack, especially with your history. There are other possible reasons, however. You should see a doctor ASAP. If you are having these symptoms currently, go to the ER. ...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 are the possible causes of shortness of breath?

Many possibilities: You're taking albuterol so asthma & copd/emphysema come to mind. Pleural effusion & pulmonary embolism, too. Bronchitis & pneumonia. Heart attack & heart failure. Abnormal heart rhythm. Pneumothorax. If that's not enough, check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/shortness-of-breath/my00119/dsection=causes. Check w/your doc for thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Musculoskeletal causes of shortness of breath?

Musculoskeletal causes of shortness of breath?

Muscles,soft tissues: Respiratory symptoms caused by connective tissue disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc. However many times shortness of breath can be result of drug therapies with pulmonary side effects. Disorders causing muscular weakness can affect muscles used in breathing and therefore also result in shortness of breath. Muscular dystrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) ...Read more

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What are causes of shortness of breath? I have had a nuclear stress test. An echo gram test? My heart center tests reveal all test are acceptable.

What are causes of shortness of breath?
I have had   a nuclear stress test. An echo gram test? 
My heart center tests reveal all test are acceptable.

Sleep apnea: Another possibility is sleep apnea, and increasingly frequently recognized problem with breathing while you are asleep. Talk to your doctor to see if you might be at risk. Common symptoms include snoring, shortness of breath, feeling tired, needing naps and waking with a headache. ...Read more

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