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What types of things cause shortness of breath in nonasthmatic teen?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Normal or not?

Since everybody becomes short of breath with exertion, it should first be determined if this is normal.
Valvular and congenital heart disease, and various non-asthmatic lung diseases cause pathological breathlessness. Specific cardiac examples include: rheumatic heart disease (mitral stenosis), dilated or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and a large variety of congenital defects.

In brief: Normal or not?

Since everybody becomes short of breath with exertion, it should first be determined if this is normal.
Valvular and congenital heart disease, and various non-asthmatic lung diseases cause pathological breathlessness. Specific cardiac examples include: rheumatic heart disease (mitral stenosis), dilated or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and a large variety of congenital defects.
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