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Doctor insights on: Sternum Pain And Shortness Of Breath In Pregnant Women

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I'm pregnant with chest pain and shortness of breath. I will not have a chest CT angiogram. Will the Drs just put me on heparin without me havin ct?

I'm pregnant with chest pain and shortness of breath. I will not have a chest CT angiogram. Will the Drs just put me on heparin without me havin ct?

Discuss with doctor: How far along are you in your pregnancy? Abdomen can be shielded to minimize exposure to the fetus. It is not feasible to advise without knowing more about your health. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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6 wks pregnant, shortness of breath. Never experienced it this early w/other pregnancies. A lot of women say it's normal from hormones. Is it normal?

6 wks pregnant, shortness of breath. Never experienced it this early w/other pregnancies. A lot of women say it's normal from hormones. Is it normal?

Probably nl: It's normal for women to be short of breath with exertion, even in early pregnancy. If you feel short of breath resting, it's not normal. You are older than you were during earlier pregnancies and there may be other variables such as physical fitness? weight? perception? ...Read more

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What test(s) do doctors run to rule out pulmonary embolism in a pregnant woman? 20 gs wks, no leg pain, shortness of breath, cough and chest pain for 4 days after long distance traveling.

What test(s) do doctors run to rule out pulmonary embolism in a pregnant woman? 20 gs wks, no leg pain, shortness of breath, cough and chest pain for 4 days after long distance traveling.

Xray -> VQ -> CT: Without leg symptoms, one would not perform a leg ultrasound (DVT US). With SOB, a chest Xray is first choice, and can be performed safely by shielding the baby. If Xray is normal, then a nuclear medicine VQ scan is performed. If the VQ scan is indeterminate, a CT Pulmonary Angiogram is performed, with settings designed to reduce radiation dose to mother and fetus. ...Read more

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When i sink my chest in/bend forward.. Sternum pain /slight shortness of breath. Cardiac issues have been ruled out. I'm 22yr?

When i sink my chest in/bend forward.. Sternum pain /slight shortness of breath. Cardiac issues have been ruled out. I'm 22yr?

Chest pain: Costochondritis (inflammation of rib -cartilage joints adjacent to sternum) could cause the pain that you described above. In certain situations of pleuracy/pleuritis (inflammation of covering of lung) could cause pain while you breath in and bend. ...Read more

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I have a recurrent feeling of pressure on my sternum x several days. No chest pain. No shortness of breath really, just a heavy feeling in chest.

I have a recurrent feeling of pressure on my sternum x several days. No chest pain. No shortness of breath really, just a heavy feeling in chest.

See ur doc: Chest pressure in a 30 year old woman is very unlikely to be heart related, BUT, knowing nothing more about you, you should see Ur doc to evaluate this problem. ...Read more

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I've been having discomfort, shortness of breath, dry cough in upper sternum area. It is getting worse over time it feels like something stuck?

I've been having discomfort, shortness of breath, dry cough in upper sternum area. It is getting worse over time   it feels like  something stuck?

Shortness of Breath: Shortness of breath can be dangerous so call your pcp to be sure it is not a sign of something more serious. If just due to bronchitis or a smoker's cough, using a warm humidifier to break up secretions in the bronchi can help. A chest x-ray otherwise may be needed. ...Read more

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Can i hiatal hernia give you sternum tightness left chest tightness and shortness of breath?

Can i hiatal hernia give you sternum tightness left chest tightness and shortness of breath?

Yes, especially: If you have gastroesophageal reflux disease. But your symptoms could be caused by something else, like heart disease. So it is best to see a doctor for correct diagnosis and proper treatment. ...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