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Fast Shallow Breathing Difficulty Breathing
Distress: The natural response to severe shortness of breath can reach panic level. I find that using anxiety to describe this reaction is extremely dangerous since it significantly downplays the urgency of the situation and may lead to administration of anxiolytics which could be detrimental. ...Read more
For an infant, a normal rate of breathing is up to 44 breaths per minute. Tachypnea is the medical term that your doctor uses to describe your breathing if it is too fast, particularly if you have rapid, shallow breathing due to an associated lung disease ...Read more
Can shortness of breath be psychological? My doctors say I am fine, but I have a nearly constant breathing difficulty especially when resting. Thanks
Can be psychological: Often when a person is experiencing anxiety they will feel like they can't get a deep breath. They find themselves taking a long deep inhalation, i.e. sighing. Sometimes the person feels like there is a heaviness or weight on their chest: Like the weight of the world is on their chest. Deep breathing relaxes the mind via the autonomic nervous system = An example of the Body-Mind connection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How can anxiety cause such severe shortness of breath? How can the chest discomfort and breathing difficulty be so bad if I have good heart/lungs?
"panic attacks": Extreme stress, whether from acute fear or internal turmoil such as anxiety, can trigger the release of stress hormones. The immediate hormone is adrenaline which prepares our bodies for "flight or flight." Heart rate and respiratory rate increase, blood flow is diverted from internal organs to the skeletal muscles When there is nothing to fight or flee from, the symptoms you describe occur. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can ssri's/snri's cause shortness of breath(shallow breathing) in heart patients. 2 stents in lad..Never had this problem before stents?
Not usual: Although ssris/snris don't generally cause breathing difficulty, one cannot exclude the possibility that you are having an atypical rxn. The only way to know is to stop the med temporarily, and then reintroduce it. Meanwhile, you need a stress test to be sure one of your stents isn't failing (developing "in-stent restenosis". ...Read more
Lengthy list: One could begin with common causes such as dehydration, extreme anxiety or fright, asthma, abnormal thyroid function and some unusual problems such as rare tumors which secrete substances which can affect heart rate and blood pressure. The list is very long. However, were you to undergo a thorough medical examination with appropriate blood and urine testing, an answer would likely be found. ...Read more
Why when I have sex after I'm done I feel severe chest pain with a lot of shortness of breath or difficulty breathing and very fast HR for few minuts?
Angina: Until proven otherwise. In the above mentioned circumstances your symptoms should be treated seriously. I see that you already had a heart cath and I wonder what the results are. Other possibilities are arrhythmias or exercise induced asthma, among others. Definitely worth discussing your symptoms with your cardiologist. ...Read more
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