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What would cause shortness of breath?

What would cause shortness of breath?

Big list: Shortness of breath is due to a demand for oxygen by your body in excess of your capacity to deliver it. This can be due to anemia, heart dysfunction, lung disease or airway problems. These will all be aggravated by exercise and if severe can cause a problem going up stairs or even walking. This needs evaluation by your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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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 disease would cause shortness of breath?

What disease would cause shortness of breath?

Short of breath: there are many diseases that cause shortness of breath from anemia, lung disease, or heart disease, or just deconditioning. You need a doctor evaluation to find out the cause. ...Read more

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What can cause shortness of breath?

What can cause shortness of breath?

Many things: There are many causes of shortness of breath. The easiest way is to compartmentalize into three categories. 1. Any problems with the heart – heart failure, enlargement of the heart, or valve disease of the heart. 2. Any problem with the lungs – asthma, COPD, fluid around the lungs, fluid in the lungs, or lung scarring to name a few. 3. Everything else – deconditioning or knee/hip pain for example. ...Read more

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What can cause shortness of breath (dyspnea)?

What can cause  shortness of breath (dyspnea)?

SOB: Depending on your age, heart and lung causes need to be looked at. Also one would look at other symptoms ie. Chest pain, cough, sinus symptoms. ...Read more

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Why would anaemia cause shortness of breath?

Why would anaemia cause shortness of breath?

Shortness of breath: Anemia causes less hemoglobin to be delivered to the tissues so the heart and lungs are working overtime to oxygenate and distribute enough oxygenated blood to the tissues, the increased breathing work is shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What is cause of shortness of breath?

Many causes: Shortness of breath has many potential causes, many benign but some serious. If associated with other symptoms or progressive, professional medical assessment is prudent. Blood tests (looking for anemia, etc.), cardiac and pulmonary abnormalities can be sorted out fairly easily. Then the underlying causes for those abnormalities can be sought. Psychological causes can be responsible as well. ...Read more

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What could cause shortness of breath while exercising?

What could cause shortness of breath while exercising?

Many things: Shortness of breath needs to be evaluated by your physician. It can be due to heart problems, lung problems (smoking related, asthma, etc), deconditioning, irregular heart rhythms, vocal cord or upper airway problems. See your doctor, ask if getting a stress test is appropriate due to your age. This is not something one should sit on. ...Read more

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What could cause shortness of breath and frequent yawning?

Yawn,sob: I'm not sure you can get a definitive answer from anybody at this time. Read the piece on yawning and note that some think it may tie to shortness of breath......or not. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yawn ...Read more

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What could cause palpitations / shortness of breath with little exertion?

What could cause palpitations / shortness of breath with little exertion?

Palpitation: Treatments include not using caffeine, alcohol , street drugs, smoking and other stimulant substances. Try to learn meditation and other calming techniques, cut out herbal substances, cough and cold medicines, nutritional supplements, see your doctor to be sure no direct heart problem and for treatment if the basics above don't help. ...Read more

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Will this cause shortness of breath?

Shortness of breath: It hasn't made me short of breath yet. If you're referring to sinus infection or uri, they can but usually at most very mild. Your question isn't clear as to what 'this' is. As bill clinton said, it all depends on what this is. ...Read more

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Why would glandular fever cause shortness of breath?

Why would glandular fever cause shortness of breath?

Viral pneumonia?: Glandular fever (infectious mononucleosis) acts like flu. The virus can infect your lungs causing inflammation and breathing problems. It also can affect your berating muscles and nerves. It can be dangerous. Please let your doctor know this ASAP. Good luck! ...Read more

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What can lead to shortness of breath?

Shortness of breath: Your question is very open ended. There are so many causes. Mostly heart problems and lung problems could cause shortness of breath. Also anxiety disorder, hyperventilation disorders also cause shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is shortness of breath a sign of chest congestion?

Can you tell me is shortness of breath a sign of chest congestion?

Many causes: There are many possible causes of shortness of breath, e.g. Lung disease, heart disease, anemia, etc. History, physical exam, labs, x-ray and other imaging would help differentiate the cause. You should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Why does anxiety cause shortness of breath?

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Why does anxiety cause shortness of breath?

Anxiety: During an attack there is overflow of adrenaline which stimulates rapid breathing which can be perceived as shortness of breath, along with some narrowing of breathing passages. ...Read more

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Why does hyperthyroidism cause shortness of breath?

Overstimulation: Increased thyroid hormone level heightens your body's response to adrenaline (and norepinephrine) often leading to hyperventilation and anxiety. These then cause you to feel short of breath. ...Read more

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Why does gastritis cause shortness of breath?

Why does gastritis cause shortness of breath?

Not sure : Gastritis is defined as inflammation of the stomach lining due to high levels of acid production. Other causes include using pain killers ( Aspirin , Indomethacin etc). Gastroesophageal reflux ( heartburn) is associated with the above conditions . There is association between uncontrolled heart burn and asthma though it is controversial. I do not see a direct link between gastritis and breathing. ...Read more

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What are the possible causes of shortness of breath?

Many possibilities: You're taking albuterol so asthma & copd/emphysema come to mind. Pleural effusion & pulmonary embolism, too. Bronchitis & pneumonia. Heart attack & heart failure. Abnormal heart rhythm. Pneumothorax. If that's not enough, check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/shortness-of-breath/my00119/dsection=causes. Check w/your doc for thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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