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Please elaborate on what is considered shortness ofbreath? E.g if I walk for 20minutes and then climb 5 flights of stairs is it "ok" to feel breathless

Please elaborate on what is considered shortness ofbreath? E.g if I walk for 20minutes and then climb 5 flights of stairs is it "ok" to feel breathless

Depends: On your baseline fitness level. If this is unusual activity for you, then it is perfectly natural to feel breathless after this much activity. On the other hand, if you do this every day, and now all of a sudden you are starting to have trouble breathing, it could indicate an issue. In that case, see your doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


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After getting off very long flight and to hotel, should I walk or sleep?

After getting off very long flight and to hotel, should I walk or sleep?

Walk if you can: If it was a long flight, and the hotel is close enough, you have the time and not too much luggage, walking would be ideal. It gives you a chance to stimulate your leg muscles and get the blood flowing again, decreasing your risk of developing blood clots after a long flight. Taking steps to preventing clots, which can reduce risk of heart attack or stroke, much more important than a taxi ride! ...Read more

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If you fall down a flight of stairs, can you become paralyzed or lose your ability to walk?

If you fall down a flight of stairs, can you become paralyzed or lose your ability to walk?

Yes: A neck fracture or dislocations/ubluxation jumped facets misaligning the neck can lead to spinal cord injury falls and mva are common ways to get this injury. ...Read more

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How long after long flight is there risk of DVT if you go walking right away?

How long after long flight is there risk of DVT if you go walking right away?

Walk!: The risk of DVT is while you are motionless on the plane. Getting up and moving is the best possible thing you can do to prevent dvt. Perhaps you are talking about a pulmonary embolism. That would mean when the clot is dislogded. Most pulmonary embolisms to happen early in the course of an untreated dvt. The longer it's in place the more less likely it is to embolism. ...Read more

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How can I prepare my body (I'm 68) for a long 9 hour flight and 15 days of walking tours when I have Spinal stenosis. When I overdo walking, I suffer?

How can I prepare my body (I'm 68) for a long 9 hour flight and 15 days of walking tours when I have Spinal stenosis. When I overdo walking, I suffer?

Spinal stenosis: That is a difficult task. Lumbar spinal stenosis causes back and leg pain with walking (neurogenic claudication). Fortunately most walking tours have frequent stops to discuss what you are viewing. Take a cane that folds out into a small stool so you can sit and flex your back to decompress the pinched nerves. Do stretches in the morning and evening. Add ice to the back at night. ...Read more

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When I walk up a flight of stairs, breathe heavy and hr is 155. I'm a high trained athlete so unusual to be tired doing this. Doesn't occur all the time?

When I walk up a flight of stairs, breathe heavy and hr is 155. I'm a high trained athlete so unusual to be tired doing this. Doesn't occur all the time?

Tachycardia at 18 yr: Intermittent tachycardia at 18 yrs could have myriad causes. You should see a pediatric cardiologist who will get a thorough history and physical on you. The appropriate test would be a Holter Monitor for as long as 30 days. This will involve having EKG leads on you continually and attached to a portable recorder (like a Sony Walkperson) and then returning it to your doc. He will then analyze ...Read more

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I'm 18. Athlete (runner). Sometimes when I walk up one flight of stairs my HR will pound out of chest and increase to about 140-155. Literally only one flight of stairs. Why so high??? Awful feeling. It will gradually slow.

I'm 18. Athlete (runner). Sometimes when I walk up one flight of stairs my HR will pound out of chest and increase to about 140-155. Literally only one flight of stairs. Why so high??? Awful feeling. It will gradually slow.

Consider Holter: Kimberlie, what you describe is not normal but also not necessarily dangerous. This being said it is making you feel poorly and is worth getting to the bottom of. I'd recommend wearing a Holter or MCOT heart monitor to document the heart rate and rhythm during symptoms so your doctor can see it. Be sure to keep a good activity diary when wearing the monitor, it will help your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm a 30 year old male. After walking a mile and walking up 4 flights of stairs my heart rate is 140 bpm. Is that normal?

I'm a 30 year old male. After walking a mile and walking up 4 flights of stairs my heart rate is 140 bpm. Is that normal?

I think not abnormal: At 30 years old your max heart rate (HR) is approx 220 minus age= 190. During stress test a person is expected to reach 85% or more, so that is 161bpm. In average test a person walks about 1/2 mile in 10 mins, at average incline of ~14deg. U walked a mile & 4 flights of stairs, so 140 sounds OK. To see If good shape pay attn to how fast HR is back to 80 at rest. Good if this ...Read more

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I am a very active person. Climb over 18 flights of stairs each day and walk over 5 km but I keep gaining weight. I don't eat junk food or sugar.?

I am a very active person. Climb over 18 flights of stairs each day and walk over 5 km but I keep gaining weight. I don't eat junk food or sugar.?

Too many calories: While exercise is good it comes down to calories in versus calories out. That is with a normal healthy person. For example walking 17 miles burns a pound of fat. You need to find calorie count for stair climbing. Probably don't do enough minutes of it to burn enough calories. 3500 calories in one pound of body weight. ...Read more

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Is there any concern if my heart skips beats occasionally and beats rapidly while sitting or walking up a flight of stairs fast? I am 154 lbs 5'11".

Is there any concern if my heart skips beats occasionally and beats rapidly while sitting or walking up a flight of stairs fast? I am 154 lbs 5'11".

Possibly: This can be normal and caused by simple inks such as too much caffeine. However, I would see your doctor for a full work-up. ...Read more

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What could cause an overly strong heartbeat? Sometimes walking up one flight of stairs, HR will go up to 150.I'm in great shape. Uncomfortable pounding

What could cause an overly strong heartbeat? Sometimes walking up one flight of stairs, HR will go up to 150.I'm in great shape. Uncomfortable pounding

Many reasons: If your heart rate increases a lot with minimal activity, it could be a sign of low blood pressure from anemia (like with heavy cycles), dehydration (not drinking enough water), or hormone imbalances (diabetes, thyroid, adrenal or female). Could be stress too. You should see a primary care physician for exam and blood tests. If all normal, then see cardiologist for EKG, Echo, and holter monitor. ...Read more

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I walk 4 flights of stairs a day and my knees kind of pop when I walk them and it hurts when I run also does that mean I have bad knees?

I walk 4 flights of stairs a day and my knees kind of pop when I walk them and it hurts when I run also does that mean I have bad knees?

Not yet: Popping can mean several things, some much more significant than others. Pain generally means something isn't right, even that damage is occurring. That is definitely worth asking your doctor about. You can save yourself a whole lot of problems by asking a doctor knowledgable about knees before damage is done. If your primary doctor can't give you a specific diagnosis see orthopedics. ...Read more

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5"1, 120 pounds, 20 year old female. How many calories would I burn by walking quickly up 10 flights of stairs? And how about down 10 flights?

5"1, 120 pounds, 20 year old female. How many calories would I burn by walking quickly up 10 flights of stairs? And how about down 10 flights?

Calories: Walking up and then down a flight of stairs burns about 5 calories for each flight with about 3 going up and 2 going down. Therefore a total of 60 going up and down. Or 36 going up and 24 going down. This is a rough estimate, though. ...Read more

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Why would I get winded just walking up a flight or two of stairs? I'm a bit overweight and my job is sedentary but I try to move around as much as I c

Why would I get winded just walking up a flight or two of stairs? I'm a bit overweight and my job is sedentary but I try to move around as much as I c

Check...: I don't have all your medical information in order to give you a reliable answer in your case, like for example your age, history of any illnesses, tobacco use, etc. My advise would be to see your doctor and get a physical exam and formal evaluation in order to determine what type of exercise is right for you. This could be just deconditioning but depending on your history could be something else. ...Read more

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How come I can jog 2.5 miles without any issue or shortness breath but I walk a flight of stairs and feel out of breath, I have P.O.T.S and MILD lupus

How come I can jog 2.5 miles without any issue or shortness breath but I walk a flight of stairs and feel out of breath, I have P.O.T.S and MILD lupus

Mgt/ workup: From your history, your symptoms warrant further evaluation. This may include imaging of your chest, pulmonary function testing and a cardiac evaluation.
Exercise at an incline consumes more oxygen than exercising on a flat surface. ...Read more

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When I walk down a flight of stairs my left ankle hurts. Pain at the inner side of ankle. What?

When I walk down a flight of stairs my left ankle hurts. Pain at the inner side of ankle. What?

Tendonitis?: Sounds like tendonitis and the inner ankle tendons are under a lot of stress when walking down hill or down stairs. Is that left foot arch also "flatter" than the right? If so you need to have that evaluated. Does this happen barefoot or with shoes? Could also be early signs of arthritis or problems from a previous ankle sprain. Needs evaluation of this is more than 6 months old. ...Read more

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I work out in a gym 3 times each week vigorously. But I get dizzy and out of breath walking up a flight of stairs.

I work out in a gym 3 times each week vigorously. But I get dizzy and out of breath walking up a flight of stairs.

Get checked out: It's great that you exercise regularly, but these symptoms might indicate a cardiovascular problem. Best to see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What is good exercise technique for someone with severe exercise-induced asthma? I get easily winded walking up a flight of stairs.

What is good exercise technique for someone with severe exercise-induced asthma? I get easily winded walking up a flight of stairs.

Listen to your body: You would benefit from a thorough check up for nutritional deficiencies like vit d3, magnesium, zinc and iron which could be aggravating a problem with shortness of breath and bronchoconstriction. Practice relaxation abdominal breathing so that you can do this while walking and going up stairs. Get a good night sleep, de-stress, eat 6 small healthy meals and move for 10 minutes after each meal. ...Read more

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Left foot swollen since a 5-hour flight 2 days ago. Doesn't hurt to walk, swelling does down at night, but returns in the day. Should I be worried?

Concerned: I would be concerned. Mainly because of your age. Usually, the concern on long flights is someone can possibly get a clot in their leg. The concern is that normally your foot is not swollen. It is possible you have a stress fracture, though, I wold expect some degree of pain. A visit to the doc, I think would be a good idea. ...Read more

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18 athlete. Walk up a flight of stairs and HR goes to 140's and I feel heart pounding. Sit down and sharp drop to 55bpm. Goes to 75 min or so after?

18 athlete. Walk up a flight of stairs and HR goes to 140's and I feel heart pounding. Sit down and sharp drop to 55bpm. Goes to 75 min or so after?

Tachycardia: Exertional tachycardia can be normal but when it is exaggerated as described, we would want to make sure there's not something wrong with the heart rhythm. A cardiologist would probably put you on a treadmill and monitor the EKG during exercise. ...Read more

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I'm 5'11" 295 lbs & obesity can be a DVT risk factor on long flights. My flts are 3:50 & 85 mins gate to gate. If I walk every 30 mins should I be ok?

Walking helps: The parameters you listed certainly could make it easier to get a DVT on such a long flight. Walking every thirty minutes should minimize that risk. Wiggling your feel while sitting will help even more. ...Read more

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Pain in my right kneecap I have been climbing 150 to 300 flights of stairs per week for the past 3 plus years. My right kneecap is tender, and it hurts somewhat - especially when I initially walk upstairs. Can it be arthritus?

Pain in my right kneecap I have been climbing 150 to 300 flights of stairs per week for the past 3 plus years. My right kneecap is tender, and it hurts somewhat - especially when I initially walk upstairs. Can it be arthritus?

Yes,: Yes, it could be arthritis, or it could be bursitis (inflammation of the sac of fluid near the knee). You can try taking advil (ibuprofen) (if you can tolerate advil (ibuprofen)), and icing it, but if that doesn't help you may need to see a doctor for an evaluation. An orthopedic specialist would be ideal. (you must be in amazing shape overall to climb that many stairs, amazing). ...Read more

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I'm 21 170lbs 5'3 I get out of breath after just a few flights of stairs and I live up a hill walking after 5 minutes I get severely out of breath and tired by the time I get home im ready to collapse the walk only takes between 5-20 minutes depending on h

I'm 21 170lbs 5'3 I get out of breath after just a few flights of stairs and I live up a hill walking after 5 minutes I get severely out of breath and tired by the time I get home im ready to collapse the walk only takes between 5-20 minutes depending on h

Training: As you work the hills more, your body will normally adapt and help you conquer the fatigue. You can't just do it haphazardly. You must focus and be determined to get in better shape over time. ...Read more

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My son got off a 13+ hr flight this morning at 7am pdt. He is experiencing sever pain in his leg where he can't walk. But not every step and not when he is laying down. He may have dvt. Or it may be siatic. Or a result of recent physical exertion. He is r

My son got off a 13+ hr flight this morning at 7am pdt. He is experiencing sever pain in his leg where he can't walk. But not every step and not when he is laying down. He may have dvt. Or it may be siatic. Or a result of recent physical exertion. He is r

Dvt: Your son has a deep venous thrombosis until proven otherwise. A long plane flight with pain in the calf is the classic presentation. He should be seen by a physician as soon as possible. This condition can be extremely dangerous and if the blood clot loosens and travels to the lungs it can be fatal. ...Read more

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