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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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I am experiencing shortness of breath and some dizziness after exercise. I am very healthy and stay well hydrated. So what could cause this?

I am experiencing shortness of breath and some dizziness after exercise. I am very healthy and stay well hydrated. So what could cause this?

Dizzy: Probably exercise induced asthma less likely heart related. See your doctor to do breathing tests to see if your lungs are the problem. If so you can be treated with inhalers. If not then a heart work up is next ...Read more

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I have had bad shortness of breath, fatigue after exercise, and constantly feeling like I will stop breathing since wed. What is wrong?

I have had bad shortness of breath, fatigue after exercise, and constantly feeling like I will stop breathing since wed. What is wrong?

See doc: It is very hard to know what is going on and how serious it may be without a physical examination and complete medical history. A couple of possibilities include asthma, infection, or anxiety. If this has never happened to you before, I believe this warrants a trip to your health care provider to figure things out. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Why do I get palpitations, shortness of breath and fatigue after exercise?

Short of breath: Worthwhile getting checked by your doc for those symptoms. You may simply be out of shape and exercising wrong but being sure something else isn't going on is a good idea. ...Read more

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What could cause chest muscle soreness after exercise and shortness of breath regularly with a diagnosis of small airway disease (never smoked)?

What could cause chest muscle soreness after exercise and shortness of breath regularly with a diagnosis of small airway disease (never smoked)?

COPD: You have a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which isn't your fault but happens to people from breathing the air we live in and/or second-hand smoke and/or bad luck. See your doctor as there are a variety of inhaler treatments that may very well help you. Be gentle with yourself: you're not 18 anymore. You may need to modify your exercise regimen but exercise is still advised. ...Read more

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Can exercise cause pleurisy or just shortness of breath?

Can exercise cause pleurisy or just shortness of breath?

SOB: Exercise can't cause pleurisy which is due to rubbing of the inflamed (usually infected) outer lining surfaces of the lungs. But vigorous exercise can make intercostal muscles (muscles between your ribs) and costochondral joints (where ribs attach to your sternum (breastbone)) sore which mimics pleurisy as it may hurt to take a deep breath or cough. ...Read more

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Is it necessarily a bad sign if I have shortness of breath during exercise?

Not a bad sign: No shortness of breath in an otherwise
healthy individual would be related to
level of fitness
as you get into better condition you will likely be able to exercise longer and at a higher
intensity than before without getting short of breath. ...Read more

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What can it mean if I experience severe shortness of breath during exercise?

See your doctor: Consult with your physician before starting an exercise program that causes symptoms of severe shortness of breath. It may just mean that you need to change the intensity of the exercise, but seek medical direction before proceeding. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a good exercise to help shortness of breath?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a good exercise to help shortness of breath?

Any exercise: Any exercise will help — it's best to do something you enjoy and avoid anything you have to force yourself to do. I find walking with my mp3 player is very relaxing and enjoyable. Start with an easy distance and work up to a minimum of 30 minutes 5 days a week or more. ...Read more

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If shortness of breath is due to anxiety will it effect exercise like jogging etc?

If shortness of breath is due to anxiety will it effect exercise like jogging etc?

No.: Think about this. If shortness of breath is due to exercise, and exercise is a great anxiolytic, your shortness of breath in general might be improved with exercise. Go for it!! ...Read more

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Dry, painful cough and your shortness of breath gets worse when you exercise Could mean what?

Dry, painful cough and your shortness of breath gets worse when you exercise Could mean what?

Exercise-induced ast: Exercise-induced ast asthma (or EIA) jumps to mind as a possible cause of your symptoms, given your age. However, there are many other causes of cough & shortness of breath. We're not set up to give a diagnosis in this platform, so use HealthTap Prime to go over your symptoms & medications & condition with a live doctor to get an accurate diagnosis. You may need blood &/or pulmonary tests to confirm. EIA treatable ...Read more

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I am experiencing shortness of breath (time frame: gradual onset) (worsened by: lying down, exercise or physical activity) (severity: mild) (bette...

I am experiencing shortness of breath (time frame: gradual onset) (worsened by: lying down, exercise or physical activity) (severity: mild) (bette...

Mgt: A virtual appointment may be booked online through Healthtap.

There are many conditions which may cause your symptoms and a visit with a physician is indicated. ...Read more

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I am experiencing shortness of breath (time frame: gradual) (worsened by: lying down, exercise or physical activity) (severity: mild) (better by: ...

I am experiencing shortness of breath (time frame: gradual) (worsened by: lying down, exercise or physical activity) (severity: mild) (better by: ...

Shortness of breath: Follow up with doc/ urgent care, you need PFTs (pulmonary function testing to asses if you have asthma or at least peak flow and EKG to assess if heart issues, if EKG is abnormal you will need an echocardiogram. Alternatively it may be reflux/ GERD for which you could try ranitidine. F/u /w/ doc / urgent care within 24-48 hours ...Read more

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I am experiencing shortness of breath (time frame: gradual onset) (worsened by: lying down, exercise or physical activity) (severity: mild) (bette...

I am experiencing shortness of breath (time frame: gradual onset) (worsened by: lying down, exercise or physical activity) (severity: mild) (bette...

Repost your question: Your question was cut off, please post again. From what is left, it sounds like you would benefit from a further evaluation of your heart and lungs. I would recommend you see your local doctor for further evaluation. If experience severe symptoms, please seek immediate medical care. ...Read more

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Every time I sprint, run up the stairs or exercise I get shortness of breath. Why?

Exercise: Burst exercise causes rapid heart rate increase shortened diastolic period, increased residual pulmonary vascular resistance and mechanical resistance yielding shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Why do I get shortness of breath everytime I sprint, exercise or run up the stairs?

Oxygen consumption: The higher the demand the higher the need. More effort needs more oxygen & energy then there is a need for air & shortness of breath sensation.
The more you do and endurance (resistance) increases less effort & less sensation. ...Read more

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
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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