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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


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What are symptoms of paroxymal nocturnal dyspnea and can you die from it?

What are symptoms of paroxymal nocturnal dyspnea and can you die from it?

PND: Is the need to suddenly sit up due to shortness of breath after being asleep or lying down for a while. It can be a symptom of decompensated heart failure. If PND is truly happening, you should get your physician involved or go to an emergency room. ...Read more

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Can an arrhythmia cause symptoms like dyspnea?

Can an arrhythmia cause symptoms like dyspnea?

Yes it can: During an arrhythmia, the heart may not be pumping effectively, and you might therefore feel short of breath. Many arrhythmias are intermittent, and in between episodes, there shouldn't be any symptoms, as long as the heart is otherwise normal. ...Read more

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Can mild dyspnea be the sole symptom of stable angina? Meaning mild dyspnea alone happens on exertion regularly? Asking hypothetically.

Can mild dyspnea be the sole symptom of stable angina? Meaning mild dyspnea alone happens on exertion regularly? Asking hypothetically.

Possible/unlikely: Dyspnea can be the only symptom of coronary insufficiency which is what you're asking. Angina is, by definition, an uncomfortable sensation - if it's not present, there's no angina. Dyspnea, if due to myocardial ischemia, doesn't imply stability. It can be present in stable or unstable coronary syndromes. ...Read more

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One week I have hard Dyspnea and pain in upper back. I'm 20 and have scoliosis. I am used to these symptoms of scoliosis but now they are very intense!

One week I have hard Dyspnea and pain in upper back. I'm 20 and have scoliosis. I am used to these symptoms of scoliosis but now they are very intense!

It can B due 2 scoli: But only in severe cases. This is because of reduced lung capacity from the curve. It does need looking into as scoliosis does not have symptoms, unless it is so severe that it is decompensating & collapsing. ...Read more

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Would inhalers help someone with anxiety symptoms or dyspnea caused by reflux?

Would inhalers help someone with anxiety symptoms or dyspnea caused by reflux?

NO Inhaler: If U are talking about albuterol, it tends to increase anxiety. The only way to help reflux is to stop eating & drinking an hour or more before lying down. If doesn't work, need to elevate head of bed, gravity hepls. There are acid reducers, but full stomach leads to reflux. Chronic reflux causes lung disease. Even if no acid, enzymes in stomach hurt lungs. See MD to help with reflux. ...Read more

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Can one hyperventilatie all day long for months? I find anxiety hard to believe as the cause of my symptoms. Cannot exert, palps, psychogenic dyspnea

Can one hyperventilatie all day long for months? I find anxiety hard to believe as the cause of my symptoms. Cannot exert, palps, psychogenic dyspnea

No you can't: Have you had a graduated treadmill exercise test with pulse oximetry to quantitate your breathlessness and palpitations? If your lab can do it, a cardio-metabolic stress test would be even better, measuring your CO2 with exercise. How about: echocardiogram, chest x-ray, CBC, BNP, BMP, ddimer and TSH too? ...Read more

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Please describe the differences in symptoms in cardiac related dyspnea, asthma related dyspnea, and anxiety related dyspnea?

Please describe the differences in symptoms in cardiac related dyspnea, asthma related dyspnea, and anxiety related dyspnea?

Dyspnea = Dyspnea: Dyspnea is dyspnea. In other words, dyspnea is just medicalese for shortness of breath. What's more important is to determine the cause of dyspnea. But the symptoms will be similar, eg shortness of breath. So you need to go see your family doc for proper evaluation. With that said, dyspnea related to your heart might be aggravated by activity whereas asthma might cause wheezing just stiing still. ...Read more

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Pain (4/10) between 3. and 4. left rib when breathing very deeply or stretching. No dyspnea or any other symptoms. No tenderness.?

Pain (4/10) between 3. and 4. left rib when breathing very deeply or stretching. No dyspnea or any other symptoms. No tenderness.?

Muscoloskeletal: Pain such as you describe which is more noticeable when having deep breaths or stretching is not heart related. It sounds related to a chest wall problem, which is annoying but not dangerous. ...Read more

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37 yrs old, ef 45-50% past 1.5 years, halter normal, stress test LBBB w/ normal sinus rhythm, echo shows lbbb, constant fatigue & dyspnea symptoms? Y

Cardiomyopathy: You have a cardiomyopathy. This causes fatigue and dyspnea. Assuming your echo and stress test are normal (other than lbbb, which is due to cardiomyopathy), you should be treated with a betablocker like Carvedilol and an ace inhibitor like lisinopril. These may improve your ef and symptoms over time. Sometimes a diuretic and aldosterone antagonist and digoxin are used as well. ...Read more

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Can't figure out these symptoms Non-exertional chest pain, cold hands, unilateral swollen interphalangeal thumb joint w/o trauma, dyspnea on awakening?

Can't figure out these symptoms Non-exertional chest pain, cold hands, unilateral swollen interphalangeal thumb joint w/o trauma, dyspnea on awakening?

Think rheumatic dz: Definitely confusing! Nontraumatic IP joint swelling, especially in the thumb, brings to mind rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A common complication of RA is costochondritis which affects the rib joints (chest pain) & a variant called Caplan's Syndrome leads to lung nodules. Other autoimmune diseases may mimic RA (lupus?) but testing by a Rheumatologist may sort things out for u. Good Luck! Thanx 4 ur Q ...Read more

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What is shortness of breath symptoms won't stop?

What is shortness of breath symptoms won't stop?

See your doctor: These are serious symptoms and need to be evaluated thoroughly by your doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take to improve symptoms like shortness of breath?

Sob: Improving symptoms depends on what is causing them. Some things can be quick some slow. The cause of the symptom dictates the response. ...Read more

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What are the main causes of shortness of breath? I don't feel any other symptoms except that it feels hard and slightly heavier to breath. Any idea?

What are the main causes of shortness of breath? I don't feel any other symptoms except that it feels hard and slightly heavier to breath. Any idea?

Many causes: There are so many causes! Pulmonary disease including asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonia and pulm. Embolism. Heart disease: especially heart failure and angina; systemic causes such as anemia, thyroid excess, and acidosis (like from diabetes. Other causes include hyperventilation, panic attack, foreign body, airway obstruction. This is the short list! ...Read more

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Is shortness of breath a comman symptom of gerd?

Is shortness of breath a comman symptom of gerd?

Hearburn: More common than shortness of breath *but* yes! gerd can trigger asthma-like trouble. Many other things can also make it hard for you to breathe so please talk with your doc. Hope you're feeling better soon. ...Read more

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Could shortness of breath be a cancer symptom an what cancer?

Could shortness of breath be a cancer symptom an what cancer?

Yes, but: Practically ANYTHING can be a symptom of cancer but that doesn't mean the individual has cancer. For instance, lung cancer commonly causes shortness of breath (as well as chest pain, coughing blood, weight loss, hoarseness, etc) but there are dozens of less serious causes of shortness of breath which are generally more likely. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath no other symptoms? Ready for the cath lab?

Shortness of breath no other symptoms? Ready for the cath lab?

Talk to your cardio: Perhaps if you have had an abnormal stress test or if you already have an extensive work up and no other cause for your shortness of breath is identified. It would also depend on your age and other risk factors. Your cardiologist is the best one to decide. ...Read more

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Chest pain, shortness of breath fainting. What are these symptoms of?

Chest pain, shortness of breath fainting. What are these symptoms of?

Lots of things.: The differential diagnosis for these symptoms is very broad. However, there are a few very serious conditions that could be the cause of you problems. A full history and exam on you would be necessary to safely make a diagnosis. My advice would be to not mess around with this and get to a doc very, very soon. ...Read more

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Is shortness of breath a normal symptom if occur at 2nd week after conceiving??

Is shortness of breath a normal symptom if occur at 2nd week after conceiving??

Many Women feel: Shortness of breath during pregnancy, and that can happen even in early pregnancy due to the effect of HCG which puts women in a mild hyperthyroid state. If you are anemic, this symptom will be more pronounced. Your blood volume and plasma volume expand about 1/3 during pregnancy to accomodate fetal circulation, so your exercise tolerance should decrease as you progress and fetal demand increases. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath no other symptoms? Do you have to have other symptoms to have asthma?

Shortness of breath no other symptoms? Do you have to have other symptoms to have asthma?

No: However, asthma usually also has cough and/ or wheezing. Shortness of breath can be a symptom of many different underlying causes. You should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is there any correlation or association between having Gastroparesis and the symptom of shortness of breath?

Not directly.: When you're bloated from gastroparesis, the abdominal distention reduces diaphragmatic excursion during inhalation, so perhaps indirectly you may feel short of breath if you're distended in the abdomen. ...Read more

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Can a possible pinched nerve somewhere in the back cause shortness of breath as well? How is a pinched nerve found? What are the symptoms?

Can a possible pinched nerve somewhere in the back cause shortness of breath as well? How is a pinched nerve found? What are the symptoms?

No.: A pinched nerve does not cause shortness of breath.
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is the best way to diagnose a pinched nerve.
A pinched nerve in the neck region can cause neck, shoulder, upper back, and arm pain. In the lower back can cause low back, buttock, and leg pain. It can also cause numbness, tingling, or weakness of the arms or legs. ...Read more

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Is shortness of breath only symptom of pregnancy? Or more?

No: Shortness of breath is not a symptom of pregnancy.Later in pregnancy, the enlarged uterus can restrict your ability to take a full breath and you may feel SOB as a result. ...Read more

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My heart has recently been beating fast and I've had shortness of breath and other symptoms. What could this be or mean?

My heart has recently been beating fast and I've had shortness of breath and other symptoms. What could this be or mean?

Tachycardia: Could be anxiety or a tachyarrhythmia. If you are having many symptoms without clear relation to your heart then this is probably anxiety, but given your shortness of breath it might be wise to see your doc and have them review things. ...Read more

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Can symptoms of a hiatel hernia such as palpatations and shortness of breath be influenced by body position? Mine gets worse lying down.

Yes: It is variable what can cause worsening or alleviation of symtoms, but I have heard more than once that patients have had symptom exacerbation with position change. ...Read more