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What does it mean when you have shortness of breath, fast heart rate, and a side ache when trying to get fit at 58?

What does it mean when you have shortness of breath, fast heart rate, and a side ache when trying to get fit at 58?

Slow down: It means you're not in shape! start slowly and build yourself up slowly over weeks to months. Rome wasn't built in a day! congratulations for taking proactive steps towards better health. ...Read more

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 does it feel like to have shortness of breath?

What does it feel like to have shortness of breath?

Difficulty breathing: You will feel hungry for air and as of you need more air and can't get enough. ...Read more

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I'm 20 and have shortness of breath what could be causing it ?

I'm 20 and have shortness of breath what could be causing it ?

There are many cause: You are twenty years old and having shortness of breath.We can not tell you on this site what is causing your symptoms you need to be checked with detailed history and physical examination and some other tests including blood;urine, and if indicated xray chest, ekg and pulmonary function tests it may be from anemia, pulmonary condition like asthma;others and heart problem so make an appt and get chec. ...Read more

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I have Shortness of breath and phlegm?

Shortness of breath: If you are a smoker, quit. If you have fever, consult a doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I have shortness of breath with a cold?

Needs to be checked: Any time you have shortness of breath with a cold it needs to be checked as it may be complication of viral uri, like bronchitis or pnumonia and if you are asthmatic it may be an acute exacerbation of bronchial asthma. ...Read more

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Why if you smoke for a long time do you have shortness of breath?

Why if you smoke for a long time do you have shortness of breath?

COPD: If you smoke, particles of partially burned paper and tobacco leaves (tars) & carbon monoxide build up in your lungs. Over time, the breathing tubes & the alveolae thicken and fill with gooey fluid, decreasing the efficiency of gas exchange. So one becomes short of breath with minor activities since there's not much oxygen available to the blood. The best time to stop smoking is now. ...Read more

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If you have shortness of breath, from a cold, what could this mean?

If you have shortness of breath, from a cold, what could this mean?

Maybe asthma or copd: Healthy folks should not have shortness of breath from a common cold, but those with underlying disease such as asthma and/or chronic-obstructive-pulmonary disease (COPD) can experience shortness of breath. Significant pneumonia or blood clot can do so as well, or even heart disease/failure can do too. Being 57, please consult doc for eval as it is not normal. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have shortness of breath in the morning but it's ok later in the day, why?

I have shortness of breath in the morning but it's ok later in the day, why?

Asthma, allergies?: Shortness of breath in the morning time only could be related to allergies and asthma, specifically allergy induced asthma. Pollen is more prominent in the morning hours. Could be related to indoor allergens in you home if you are exposed at that time. Could be exercise induced if you tend to exercise in the AM. Could be due to many causes, so please see MD. ...Read more