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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Gasp Breaths (Overview)

Gasp breaths = Agonal respiration = gasping respiration = agonal breathing. Some possible causes are cerebral ischemia or hypoxia .


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What is the definition or description of: Gasp breaths?

What is the definition or description of: Gasp breaths?

Gasp breaths: Gasp breaths = Agonal respiration = gasping respiration = agonal breathing. Some possible causes are cerebral ischemia or hypoxia . ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
6 doctors shared insights

Gasp Breaths (Overview)

Gasp breaths = Agonal respiration = gasping respiration = agonal breathing. Some possible causes are cerebral ischemia or hypoxia .


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Sudden, involuntary gasp/breath. Its only one gasp.It happens on occasion, but at least once a day. I haven't had this my entire life. No asthma.

Sudden, involuntary gasp/breath. Its only one gasp.It happens on occasion, but at least once a day. I haven't had this my entire life. No asthma.

Fleeting: Such a fleeting symptom doesn't seem significant if you have no chest discomfort or shortness of breath with exertion and if there is no cough. See your physician if symptoms persist or worsen,however for reassurance. ...Read more

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Overcoming Bad Breath (Checklist)

See doctor to check: post-nasal drip, acid reflux, dry mouth
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If you can't find cause, ask your dentist for oral bacteria DNA test
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Waking startled feeling w/gasping breath, sit up, throw blankets off. At times, covered in sweat, w/lingering feeling of not able breathe.Sleep apnea?

Waking startled feeling w/gasping breath, sit up, throw blankets off. At times, covered in sweat, w/lingering feeling of not able breathe.Sleep apnea?

Agree - #1: B"sd sleep apnea a prime consideration. If not that, then peri-menopausal hormonal disturbance would be my second thought. Additional hormonal considerations would be catecholamine (adrenaline) factors. Cardiac conditions should also be considered (paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea). Variant asthma a more remote possiblity. ...Read more

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Woke up gasping for breath. Why could this have happened?

Woke up gasping for breath. Why could this have happened?

It may be GERD: One of the common cause of waking up at night with complain of can not breath is gastroesophageal reflux dut to regurgitation of acid, it may or may not be the cause but it is worth ruled outmay be your doctor will recommend a trial of acid supressant therapy discuss with your doctor it can also be sleep apnea and she may need sleep studies to rule that out. ...Read more

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Few months now I have woken up between 1-4am gasping for breath, i am getting worried?

Few months now I have woken up between 1-4am gasping for breath, i am getting worried?

Dreams: It is probably of no consequence but you should exclude sleep apnea. . I would see a neurologist who specializes in sleep studies to get this excluded ...Read more

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Room is small and stuffy. when i wake up, have to go in hall and am gasping for breath kind of. is it because no air in room and too dusty in room.?

Room is small and stuffy. when i wake up, have to go in hall and am gasping for breath kind of. is it because no air in room and too dusty in room.?

Sleep apnia is one: possibility. Your doc can order a sleep study if he/she thinks it necessary. Air quality is a factor, especially dryness. Try a humidifier when sleeping. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I keep feeling like I am struggling to breathe and gasping to breath, but I don't think I am? Pulse, BP, respirations at all fine?

I keep feeling like I am struggling to breathe and gasping to breath, but I don't think I am? Pulse, BP, respirations at all fine?

Anxiety: You may just have an anxiety reaction which may be induced by taking too much thyroxine. Have you had your thyroid function checked recently? In addition , you need to have a lung function test as well. After the results of these tests are known, we will have a better idea on what may be causing your breathing problem. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with emphasema several yrs. Ago. Lately i'v noticed that my lungs involuntarily gasp for breath as if air is being forced in.

I was diagnosed with emphasema several yrs. Ago. Lately i'v noticed that my lungs involuntarily gasp for breath as if air is being forced in.

Go see your doctor: There are new meds to try for copd/emphasema. The first is daliresp, (roflumilast) a pill that will help increase your vital capacity of your lungs with increasing camp in the lungs. The second one is tudorza. It is a spiriva like medication that has a better delivery system. Both meds will help you. Go see your doc for free samples of them. ...Read more

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At least 3 times a day I experience a sudden gasp of breath/silient hiccup. It happens while I am awake, not excerting myself. Is this normal?

At least 3 times a day I experience a sudden gasp of breath/silient hiccup. It happens while I am awake, not excerting myself. Is this normal?

Lack of oxygen?: This can sometimes be a reflex that occurs when your body senses that it's lacking oxygen. In worst case scenarios, this could be due to a heart or lung condition, or could be due to anemia which would have its own host of causes. May be fine, but would be prudent to investigate this with your local doctor in that light. ...Read more

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When i cough its repetitive; and while coughing, I have to burp causing me to gasp for breath afterwards what could be causing this.?

When i cough its repetitive; and while coughing, I have to burp causing me to gasp for breath afterwards what could be causing this.?

Dry cough.: With repetitive cough, you can swallow excessive air which distends the stomach and burping can happen. You should treat the cough. If it is a dry, repetitive attacks of cough, you should take Allegra (fexofenadine) 180 mg every night for 3 weeks. It will help. ...Read more

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I keep waking up between 2-4am gasping for breath for the past 2 months,someone mentioned sleep apnea to me .. could this be possible? I get up at 6am

I keep waking up between 2-4am gasping for breath for the past 2 months,someone mentioned sleep apnea to me .. could this be possible? I get up at 6am

Sleep apnea: is certainly a POSSIBILITY. Please see your doc ASAP who MAY order a sleep study to find out. Panic disorder is another POSSIBILITY or may be related to the possible sleep problem. In any case, there is lots of help out there. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I'm female, 55 & having a sudden gasp of breath. At least once a day over the last couple of months. No asthma/smoking. Dad had IPF. Is this a concern?

I'm female, 55 & having a sudden gasp of breath. At least once a day over the last couple of months. No asthma/smoking. Dad had IPF. Is this a concern?

Hard to tell: If this concerns you enough, you need to talk to your doctor. We need more details to even venture a guess on the cause of your problem. ...Read more

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Last night I was awakened because I felt stuff coming up out of my mouth and nose and I had to gasp for breath.. why is that?

Last night I was awakened because I felt stuff coming up out of my mouth and nose and I had to gasp for breath.. why is that?

Reflux: Stomach acid coming up into the back of the throat gets aspirated into the trachea. You wake up choking. Chronic reflux can damage lungs. Start with your family physician. ...Read more

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When i sleep or doze off i wake up by gasping for breath.Could it be from stress?Anxiety?The allergy medicine i'm taking?I'm scared:(

When i sleep or doze off i wake up by gasping for breath.Could it be from stress?Anxiety?The allergy medicine i'm taking?I'm scared:(

Sleep: Difficult to say, you should ask your doctor for an evaluation to rule out medical issues, if cleared ask for a referral to a mental health professional who can help you uncover the roots of your distress. Best. ...Read more

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