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.

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I am facing symptoms like chest tightness, shortness of breath and throat irritation. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from chest tightness and at times turns into pain. I feel like I am breathing into a tight chest with constricted chest wall muscles along with shortness of breath and throat tightness. The doctor said I have mild asthma and nothing he is giving me is working (Albuterol...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since when your suffering from chest tightness? Is it aggravating at night or early morning? Possible causes are like: 1. Episodic asthma in which you may feel repeated episodes of chest tightness and breathing difficulty. 2. GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) in w...  Read Full »

What is the possible diagnosis of symptoms such as lightheadedness, chest pain and shortness of breath?

Query: Hello doctor, A 56-year-old patient went to his physician for evaluation of recurrent episodes of lightheadedness, chest pain, and shortness of breath with exertion. One week earlier, he experienced an episode of syncope while walking up the stairs of his house. Vitals: Heart rate - 116 bpm, BP ...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Did he lose consciousness while walking upstairs? Is he a diabetic? His cholesterol report seems abnormal, along with hypertension and uncontrolled blood pressure. His color Doppler report showing aortic stenosis. Possible diagnosis is age-related atherosclerosis w...  Read Full »

Why am I having heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and fatigue for four weeks?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past four weeks, I have had terrible heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and bouts of fatigue. A thing I have started to notice is it seems to get much worse after eating anything with carbohydrates. After I eat, the symptoms ramp up in 30 minutes to one hour. I can exercise...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Fever causes a faster heart rate. Another reason, which is not uncommon in young people, is vagal atrial fibrillation. This is an irregular fast heartbeat that occurs in bouts after eating and during resting and spontaneously revert back. What did your ECG show? Was it...  Read Full »

Why do I get shortness of breath and chest pain with no cold?

Query: Hello doctor, I have manageable shortness of breath, chest tightness but no cold. My x-rays are clean, and ECG is also normal. My BP looks high 140/90. Mainly, I am unable to breathe normally. I am feeling little shortness always. Currently, I am taking the last doctor's medication. I understand i...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from shortness of breath, chest tightness without any cough, and cold. Shortness of breath, chest tightness can result from some conditions which are mentioned below. Anxiety is a comm...  Read Full »

Are increased heart rate and anxiety side effects of Z-pack?

Query: I had a doctor prescribe Zpack for me yesterday. I have shortness of breath and chest tightness, I was also wheezing, but when he listened to me breathing he didn’t hear it. I’m really worried about taking this antibiotic because even though I’m not allergic to any medicines that I know of, he...  Read Full »


Dr. Gauri Gadge

Pulmonologist

Answer: Hello, Greetings from icliniq. I understand that you are worried about the side effect of the prescribed drug. In my opinion, Azithromycin is one of safe drugs, so do take the medicine without any doubt. Secondly, I would like to know your history in detail. And last but not least, according to me ...  Read Full »

Please interpret my EKG for heart rate, chest tightness and fatigue.

Query: Hello doctor, Can my EKG be overread, please? My general practitioner read mine and I would feel better if a cardiologist looked at it. I have a lot of fluctuations in heart rate, shortness of breath, chest tightness, fatigue, and dizziness. Labs show a positive D Dimer, elevated SED rate, eleva...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your ECG (electrocardiography) is normal. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I think you are talking about a slight variation in heart rate in this ECG strip. Yes, it is there and it is called sinus arrhythmia. Sinus arrhythmia is a perfectly normal ar...  Read Full »

Will throat pain cause slight breathing problem in asthmatic patients?

Query: Hello doctor, I have throat pain for the last seven days. Doctor gave me Opox 200 and Hifenac P felt better at first but my condition is not improving. There is also a slight problem in breathing as I am asthmatic for the last 10 years. I am currently on Foracort 400 Rotacap, Duonase nasal spray.  Read Full »


Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Diabetologist, Family Physician, ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Can you send me a picture of your throat? For how many days did you take antibiotics?  Read Full »

Will increased GGT and ALT cause blood in vomit and shortness of breath?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 36-year-old male. I had my checkup and GGT was 51 and ALT was 67 all others were within limits. Now I have a problem of headache, fast heartbeat only when trying to sleep, also feel like my left chest has a lot of gas. Why I am especially worried is I vomited and I highly suspect...  Read Full »


Dr. Abdul Rub

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per the liver function test (LFT) of your blood, you have a mild increase in GGT (gamma-glutamyl transferase) and ALT (alanine aminotransferase). GGT suggests there is a possibility of mild damage to the liver and biliary system especially due to alcohol. We need to ha...  Read Full »

Will Levothyroxine cause chest pain and shortness of breath?

Query: Hello doctor, I have chest pain and shortness of breath. It started on 16th March. Since then, it is still present, continued discomfort in chest and back. I am on 5 mg of Atorvastatin.  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your reports. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Resting ECG and echo showed no abnormalities, and stress test does not show any abnormalities, although could not be completed. So, we cannot be certain that this is not cardiac pain...  Read Full »

Why do I get sudden shortness of breath with sharp pains?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old female. I am 185 lbs and 5 feet inches in height. I have never had allergies or asthma. About six months ago, I started having shortness of breath, wheezing and the feeling that my air was not catching. I have sudden sharp pains that feel like something wanting to b...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to the icliniq.com. Before labeling dyspnea from a panic attack (psychological cause), all organic causes need to be ruled out. Your chest x-ray (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and sputum examination are normal, hence, infective etiology is less likely. To rule out ...  Read Full »

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