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What does shortness of breath feel like?

What does shortness of breath feel like?

Elephant on chest: To paraphrase supreme court potter stewart, you'll know it when you feel it. Some people describe shortness of breath as not being able to inhale deep (or deeply enough). Others describe it as if an elephant were sitting on their chest so they couldn't breathe, like someone squeezing you too tightly. You may or may not wheeze when short of breath. Go see your family doc for pulmonary function test. ...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


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How bad does shortness of breath have to be before going to the emergency room?

How bad does  shortness of breath have to be before going to the emergency room?

Shotness of breath: If you are having shortness of breath due to respiratory infection, you should seek medical help asap. ...Read more

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What does shortness of breath mean when I run?

Normal: The normal limiting factor for all mammals when exercising is they reach the limit of their heart's ability to increase the supply of oxygenated blood delivered to the muscles performing exercise. As we approach this normal physiologic limit, our tissues switch from aerobic to anaerobic metabolism producing an oxygen debt which must be repaid and causes the sensation of shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Does shortness of breath mean possible emphysema?

Yes: But, it can also mean a whole lot of other things: asthma, heart disease, just being overweight/out of shape, thyroid disease, etc. So, i would see a doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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Does shortness of breath go away after quitting smoking?

Does shortness of breath go away after quitting smoking?

Smoking : If severe irreversible lung damage hasn't been caused by the smoking, then shortness of breath may improve with quitting smoking. ...Read more

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Does shortness of breath when walking uphill mean you are out of shape?

Sob: Shortness of breath walking up hills certainly can frequently mean the person is out of shape. It can also be an early symptom of health problems. ...Read more

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Does shortness of breath come and go with a pulmonary embolism?

Does shortness of breath come and go with a pulmonary embolism?

Possible: For instance, large embolus and resolves and breathing improves over a few days to weeks. Sometimes there are serial small emboli with varying impact and symptoms. Or small sentinel embolus, followed by lethal large one.Variable! ...Read more

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Why does shortness of breath come and go with a pulmonary embolism?

Why does shortness of breath come and go with a pulmonary embolism?

Since some of the: Vessels that take blood to the lungs (for the blood to get more oxygen and release wastes) are blocked, the body is getting less oxygen. Whenever the body's oxygen demand increases, since there is less capacity availability in pe the body compensates by increasing the drive to breathe. We do not notice it usually, but even getting out of bed or walking a little bit requires more oxygen. ...Read more