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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Why do I have chest pain frequently with shortness of breath?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18 year old male, and I am overweight. I have been having sharp upper right chest pains, that are very frequent. I did not have them before, but I started getting them recently. At first, I was having shortness of breath, and it felt as if someone was standing on my chest. But...  Read Full »


Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your chest pain is a result of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Cardiac chest pain increases during respiration and comes with other symptoms like palpitations, etc. Omeprazole and Baclofen that your physician prescribed should reduce the symptoms you a...  Read Full »

Does smoking cigarettes cause shortness of breath and increased heart rate?

Query: Hi doctor,I suffered from bronchitis, four years ago. Since it got cured, I smoked cigarettes for two years and gradually stopped smoking. Recently, I have high blood pressure, increased heart rate, and I have shortness of breath. I started running 2 km daily. Why am I having all these symptoms?  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you have a history of smoking, smoking-induced left ventricular hypertrophy, emphysema, bronchitis, pulmonary congestion, etc., can lead to such presentation. You need to do the following investigations: Auscultation. Chest x-ray. 2D echocardiography or...  Read Full »

Why does my shortness of breath feel fine when I work out?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 21-years-old male. My height is 6'2," and my weight is 270 lbs. I have had shortness of breath for the past three months, and I quit smoking and drinking two weeks ago. When I work out, I feel fine, but every day from the minute I wake up till the minute I fall asleep, I feel l...  Read Full »


Dr. Radha P H

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Glad that you are in the process of quitting drinks. The problem of your shortness in breathing could be due to the following; 1) Obesity: When you work out, you are forcing your lungs to breathe more deeply, and hence you feel better. When you are at re...  Read Full »

Do all my symptoms occur due to lupus?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 44 year old female, and I have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, and Sjogren's syndrome, with symptoms dating back to as young as six years old. I have also been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, thyroiditis, Raynaud disease, right-sided heart enlargeme...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The diagnosis of asthma is doubtful as pulmonary issues are seen in conditions you are already suffering from like SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus) and rheumatoid arthritis. Basically, the right term for you is MCTD (mixed connective tissue disease), which are associa...  Read Full »

Kindly go through my echocardiogram report and tell whether I have any issue.

Query: Hello doctor, I was wondering if I could get a detailed review regarding the attached echocardiogram report. I wish to know whether there is any issue which requires immediate medical attention. Moreover, I would also like to know about the non-pharmacological management of the abnormality, like e...  Read Full »


Dr. Amiya Kumar Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your echocardiography report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your EF (ejection fraction) is 76 %, which is good. But, you have a heart valve problem. You follow-up with your cardiologist, and repeat echocardiogram as suggested by him...  Read Full »

What are the signs of internal bleeding?

Query: Hi doctor. I am a 23-year-old female. My height is 5’5”. I went ice-blocking a couple of days ago and accidentally went off a little jump. Now, I have a big bruise on my leg and some pain in my stomach when I push on it, and pain on my hips in front of my pelvis. There is no visible bru...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query, and I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from a big bruise on your leg and pain in your stomach and between your hips. Now you are afraid of any internal bleeding. Several symptoms of inte...  Read Full »

Does chest pain with palpitation indicate cardiac arrest despite ECG being normal?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been to ER three times in the last five days with chest pain, shortness of breath and light-headedness, as well as palpitations. I am a 23-year-old male. Nothing has been found. I have had ECG, echocardiogram, and blood tests. Even having all normal, I am freaking out if I get a s...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Did you have chest pain during taking ECG (electrocardiogram) and echocardiogram? It is unlikely to be cardiac chest pain, and symptoms are probably related to anxiety. Do you have gastric symptoms like bloating, burping, epigastric heaviness, or constipation? ...  Read Full »

Should my 15-year-old brother visit the doctor for palpitations and shortness of breath?

Query: Hi doctor, My brother is 15 years old. His height is 5'3" and weight is 115 lbs. For the past one week, he has had occasional heart palpations and shortness of breath about once a day. Originally it started with a headache complaint. We are concerned whether it will just pass or there are remedies...  Read Full »


Dr. Prathap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please make sure that the cold medicines you use have any of the following agents like Theophylline or Salbutamol or any beta agonists in them. One of the adverse effects of the medications above is palpitations. If the medicine you used has none of the above things,...  Read Full »

What is the cause for having fluttering in my chest with shortness of breath?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old male weighing 221 lbs. I felt a fluttering in my chest yesterday for the first time, which only lasted for five seconds and I felt short of breath. I got an ECG, x-ray, CBC and HbA1c done today. I am worried about my ECG being abnormal. I am scared that there could be s...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do not worry because the probability of any serious illness at this age is low. However, these are probably an arrhythmia like atrial fibrillation or PVC (premature ventricular contraction), which are not a serious condition. These can cause all your symptoms and ...  Read Full »

Kindly help me to overcome my constant chest pain.

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18 year old male. I am having a mild constant chest pain. Sometimes I feel shortness in breathing, little bit of headache and heaviness in throat. Please help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Vishnu Priya G

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per the short history, it is difficult to make a diagnosis. But, I will try to explain the symptoms and related causes. It would have been more helpful if you had given your weight and body mass index (BMI).  Read Full »

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