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Does shortness of breath mean possible emphysema?

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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Dr. David Wyatt
Family Medicine
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In brief: Yes it might

Shortness of breath has many causes, from benign - out of shape- to more severe - asthma, emphysema, congestive heart failure, etc.
If a smoker who has smoked more than 1-2 packs a day for 20 yrs starts experiencing shortness of breath - should see md for exam, xray and pulmonary function tests... But ultimately stop smoking...

In brief: Yes it might

Shortness of breath has many causes, from benign - out of shape- to more severe - asthma, emphysema, congestive heart failure, etc.
If a smoker who has smoked more than 1-2 packs a day for 20 yrs starts experiencing shortness of breath - should see md for exam, xray and pulmonary function tests... But ultimately stop smoking...
Dr. David Wyatt
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Dr. Henry Bloom
Family Medicine

In brief: It could

The most common cause of shortness of breath is asthma or other causes of wheezing, or chronic obstructive lung disease in smokers.
Simple poor conditioning, obesity, heart disease and othe r lung diseases need to b considered.

In brief: It could

The most common cause of shortness of breath is asthma or other causes of wheezing, or chronic obstructive lung disease in smokers.
Simple poor conditioning, obesity, heart disease and othe r lung diseases need to b considered.
Dr. Henry Bloom
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