Shortness Of Breath

About "Shortness Of Breath"

Shortness of breath is also known as dyspnea. It is the feeling that one has when there is not enough air in the lungs. It is a symptom of asthma, pneumonia, heart attack, heart failure, panic attack, choking, etc.

Related Terms: ECG, Chest Pain, Echocardiogram, Anxiety, Acid Reflux, Asthma, Chest X- Ray

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Shortness of Breath (Dyspnea)
Article Overview: Dyspnea is the medical term used for shortness of breath. It is the feeling of not having enough air in the lungs.  Read Article »
Dr. K Sneha
General Medicine Physician

Shortness of Breath (Dyspnea) Dyspnea is the medical term used for shortness of breath. It is the feeling of not having enough air in the lungs. A healthy individual usually breaths in and out for up to 20 times a minute, making it 30,000 breaths a day. Any physical work or cold can alter this brea ...  Read Article »
Is shortness of breath related to thyroid issues?
Query: Hi doctor, I had little shortness of breath with thick neck gland for a month. As I was on Thyronorm 50 mcg, I underwent a blood test for thyroid and here are my results: Free T3 2.50 pg/mL ( 1.4-4.4).Free T4 1.18 ng/dL (0.8-1.8).TSH (Ultrasensitive) 8.31 μIU/mL (0.45-4.5). I had increased the dos...  Read Full »
Dr. Shaikh Sadaf
Diabetologist, Endocrinologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query and from what you have mentioned it appears that you have hypothyroidism. From your tests, I would suggest that you decrease the dose of Thyronorm to 75 mcg once daily. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and change the dosa...  Read Full »
Is shortness of breath and chest pain associated with anxiety?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a female on Prednisone 40 mg and Vitamin C 2.5 g since the past five days. I have just woken up feeling short of breath and chest pain. I checked my blood pressure, and it was 120/80 mmHg and my heart rate was in 50s. My blood pressure will be usually 110/65 mmHg, and my heart rate i...  Read Full »
Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I see no reason for you to worry. For your weight, heart rate in the range of 50s and blood pressure of 90/60 mmHg is not much of a concern, except if it begins to drop below this or you start to feel like fainting. I think your biggest problem is psychological instab...  Read Full »
Shortness of breath and chest pain after breathing in steam
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26 year old male weighing in 185 and 5'9". I do not take any medications. I am worried if I am at risk of any complications after having breathed in some steam/air at about 350 F. I was covering a pot roast I had just taken out of the oven when I accidentally took a breath of it...  Read Full »
Dr. Ritesh Kumar Singh
General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on the history, at times, though not very common, steam/air inhalation can cause inflammation of the airway leading to respiratory symptoms and even pulmonary edema. So, keep an eye on the following symptoms : If you develop hoarseness of voice, wheezing, strido...  Read Full »
Shortness of breath | Pain in shoulder
Query: Hello doctor, I have shortness of breath, and pain in the shoulder for past eight years. Currently, I am taking Zolahart 40, Stablon, Flavedon MR, Rabekind Dar, Ezidoc 20, Ecosprin 75, and Pregaba 75.  Read Full »
Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your ECG is showing changes (attachment removed to protect patient identity) which indicate some kind of heart damage either ischemia, hypertension induced or other. You mentioned here about angiography and it is showing only 30 percent blockages. So have you undergo...  Read Full »
Shortness of breath and anemia
Query: Hello doctor, I have: Shortness of breath and ongoing anemia since giving birth. Bruising stomach, right arm and behind the chest. Painful legs. I am attaching files.  Read Full »
Dr. Chitrangada

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Shortness of breath can occur secondary to anemia postpartum and are interrelated. However, bruising of arm and stomach may indicate underlying coagulopathy or embolic phenomena secondary to deep vein thrombosis. On observations in the contrast CT scan attached as abov...  Read Full »
Is my shortness of breath due to infection of the heart?
Query: Hello doctor, I just went to my general practitioner due to recently having some issues with shortness of breath and an odd sensation in my heart area. I suspected it was nothing but went in anyways just to be sure. The sensation in my heart area is not at all painful, but just a sensation of "fulln...  Read Full »
Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have carefully reviewed your detailed query. You definitely need an in-person cardiologist consultation for appropriate evaluation of the issues. Only EKG is not conclusive in such a case. We need to listen to the heart and then go for thorough physical exam. Tests...  Read Full »
Why is there difficulty in breathing and chest heaviness after climbing stairs?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19 year old female. After sneezing, I observed something round and grey in color. Sometimes, I feel short of breath and heaviness around the heart. I begin to feel body pain and tiredness after climbing like 20 stairs.  Read Full »
Dr. Anuradha Natarajan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Get your heart checked with an echo. Do an X-ray to see what is in the lungs. You might be anemic. So, check your hemoglobin too. For further information consult a cardiologist online -->  Read Full »
What can be done for constant shortness of breath and muscle weakness?
Query: Hello doctor, I have shortness of breath on exertion and episodic mild muscle weakness for about one year. It worsens with fatigue and particularly ptosis. Kindly help.  Read Full »
Dr. Vivek Chail
General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw the chest x-ray posteroanterior and lateral views (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The findings are, 1. There are mildly prominent lung markings in the bilateral mid and lower zones. The upper zones are clear bilaterally. 2. There is no pleur...  Read Full »
Can iron deficiency anemia cause shortness of breath?
Query: Hi doctor,My age is 26 and having iron deficiency anemia. My Hb level is 11 but ferritin 18. Sometimes, I felt shortness of breath. Now, I am taking Iron medicine but when I quit taking iron tablets, my situation gets worse with time.  Read Full »
Dr. Parth R Goswami
Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You can complete the course of Iron medication for 2 to 3 months according to your doctor's prescription. It is not advisable to take Iron tablet randomly. Usually, at 11 gm Hb level, dyspnea does not occur. For your breathlessness, I suggest you investigate with ch...  Read Full »


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