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Could shortness of breath lead to sudden cardiac death?

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine

In brief: Effect, not cause

Shortness of breath is a symptom. It can be caused by alot of different things.
Some of those things could cause sudden cardiac death. For example, a heart attack can present as shortness of breath and lead to sudden death. A pulmonary embolism can cause sob and lead to death. But also remember, alot of benign things can cause sob. Needs to be properly evaluated.

In brief: Effect, not cause

Shortness of breath is a symptom. It can be caused by alot of different things.
Some of those things could cause sudden cardiac death. For example, a heart attack can present as shortness of breath and lead to sudden death. A pulmonary embolism can cause sob and lead to death. But also remember, alot of benign things can cause sob. Needs to be properly evaluated.
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