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What does it mean when I have radiated pain on my left arm, and chest pains all through my chest? Also, I have pain in my lower right side of front torso, when i breathe. I also am having trouble breathing. Answers?

What does it mean when I have radiated pain on my left arm, and chest pains all through my chest? Also, I have pain in my lower right side of front torso, when i breathe. I also am having trouble breathing. Answers?

I : I can not diagnose this. I am answering this three days after it was written. Worst case scenario- chest pain radiating down your left arm with difficulty breathing can be what laymen refer to as a heart attack. I hope that you had it worked up by now and that it was not a heart attack. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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Does difficulty breathing mean I am having a panic attack?

Does difficulty breathing mean I am having a panic attack?

Not always: Difficulty breathing can come from many causes. Sometimes heart problems; lung disease such as asthma or copd; sometimes anatomic problem like when pregnant, plus others. If you've have had a full medical checkup and none of these other things are going on with you, then it's very possible that difficulty breathing relates to anxiety. Not all anxiety is a panic attack, but can feel scary. ...Read more

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Could heart problems mean trouble breathing?

Could heart problems mean trouble breathing?

Yes: Very commonly i work with cardiologists to determine if certain patients have heart or lung problems. The symtoms are very similar. ...Read more

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My neice just told me my sister is breathing above the ventilator what does this mean she had trouble breathing went to hospital in coma?

My neice just told me my sister is breathing above the ventilator what does this  mean she had trouble breathing went to hospital in coma?

Brainstem is working: Breathing above the ventilator tells you that your sister is not "brain-dead" -- other than that, it does not mean much. Patients can breathe above the set rate on the ventilator as they being to wake up from a coma. Agitation, anxeity, and blood acidosis are other reasons why a person may breath above the set rate (as is a low set-rate to begin with ie. 6 breaths per minute). ...Read more

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Difficulty Breathing (Definition)

Chest dyspnea is a feeling of being short of breath, a feeling of not being able to fully expand the chest wall, such as due to pain after a ...Read more