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Does breathing difficulty cause anxiety , ie;breathlessness caused by asthma, or bronchiectasis?

Does breathing difficulty cause anxiety , ie;breathlessness caused by asthma, or bronchiectasis?

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

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Fast Shallow Breathing (Definition)

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


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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 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 more

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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?

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 more

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Do I have a lot of stress if I have fast shallow breathing?

Do I have a lot of stress if I have fast shallow breathing?

Stress: Type of stress, relevance to patient and how it's perceived, determine onset of anxiety, one symptom of which u r describing. ...Read more

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When it starts to get warm I get sick with fast shallow breathing. What is that called?

When it starts to get warm I get sick with fast shallow breathing. What is that called?

Anxiet: You might be experiencing anxiety or hormonal changes, or could be effect of medication which causes heat intolerane, even some underlying metabolic issue such as thyroid problem. ...Read more

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What happens to arterial o2 and co2 during fast, shallow breathing?

What happens to arterial o2 and co2 during fast, shallow breathing?

O2 and CO2: During fast shallow breathing, assuming that your lungs are normal, the o2 should remain normal and the co2 should decrease since you are blowing off more of it. ...Read more

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Can ssri's/snri's cause shortness of breath(shallow breathing) in heart patients. 2 stents in lad..Never had this problem before stents?

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

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What can cause fast heartbeat, breathing difficulty, cold body, and dizziness?

What can cause fast heartbeat, breathing difficulty, cold body, and dizziness?

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

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How fast can I make my difficulty breathing and fever go away?

How fast can I make my difficulty breathing and fever go away?

Need more info: If you are having fever and severe difficulty breathing, you should see a physician right away. There are so many possible causes--you could have pneumonia and need antibiotics. Don't wait! ...Read more

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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?

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

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Shallow Breathing (Definition)

Shallow breathing is the opposite of deep breathing. Tachypnea is the medical term that to describe breathing if it is too fast, particularly if one has rapid, shallow breathing due to an associated lung disease ...Read more


Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more