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Difficulty Breathing Overweight
Does difficulty breathing when lying down always mean heart failure? I'm 20 years old, how likely is it for me to have heart failure? I am overweight.
OSA: I suggest with your symptoms and weight issue that you see a physician and have a sleep study to rule out obstructive sleep apnea. If you do not have a history of heart disease, or diagnosis with an echocardiogram, EKG and x-ray, I suggest that CHF would be much less likely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more
I am in the first trimester of my 2nd pregnancy and I am having difficulty breathing at times. Is this normal? (i am not overweight)
Don't think so: I would advise you to have your doctor assess your symptoms. ...Read more
Difficulty breathing I am over weight BMI is 40.0+ last i checked i've noticed when i lay in bed at night on my back i struggle to get my breath I have to roll on my side or stomach is this due to my overweight? I've also been snoring really loud and some
Yes: Having a bmi over 30 indicates higher risk of obstructive sleep apnea. At 40+ extremely high risk. Snoring is found in at least 80% of people with sleep apnea. You need to see a doctor about a sleep study and get treatment. Sleep apnea puts you are risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes and a host of other problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get it checked out: If you do not have a cold, or wheezing to explain it, see your doctor. A failing heart has a hard time with the increased blood coming back to the heart when you lie flat. Sometimes obesity causes a problem by applying pressure to lungs. No matter what, not breathing right when at rest is not normal. See your doctor. ...Read more
Catching up.: In a healthy state we consume o2 and produce more co2 during exercise. The "difficulty" breathing we feel, is the need to exhale the co2. Our respiratory drive is tied more to getting out the co2 than getting in the o2. It is an interesting question on why is the body "wired" that way. ...Read more
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