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 have chest pain and shortness of breath. What could be wrong?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 44 years female, for last four days, I am having chest pain with shortness of breath. I consulted a cardiologist and done echo, ECG, and TMT and the reports are alright. The doctor gave me a painkiller, but still having the same problem. What could be wrong and which doctor should...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I need to know more about the symptoms, like precipitating factors, factors that increase pain. It can be gastritis and reflux disease. Do you have upper abdominal pain, nausea, bloating, burping, increase in pain on food, sour water feeling in throat or chest burnin...  Read Full »

I feel a short pounding in my chest, followed by a shortness of breath. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, Every now and then, I feel a short pounding, only two or three, in my chest, followed by a shortness of breath. I did a little research and thought it could just be heart palpitations, and I have read it can typically be harmless, most likely stress or lifestyle related. I am predisposed ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Unusual awareness of own heartbeats is called Palpitations. Palpitations may occur due to various reasons: 1. Fast heart rate (many causes). 2. Slower heart rate (many causes). 3. Irregular heart rate (many causes). 4. Being overcautious about heartbeats. 5. Thin,...  Read Full »

I have pectus excavatum since childhood. Kindly suggest a treatment for the same.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old man weighing 150 kg and a height of 5 feet and 10 inches. I experience shortness of breath, lightheadedness, dizziness, confusion, chest pain, headaches, and fatigue. I have had pectus excavatum my whole life and have always suffered from chest pain, shortness of bre...  Read Full »

Dr. Sapkal Ganeshrao Patilba

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through the details you provided (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). The CPET (cardiopulmonary exercise testing) shows mechanical problems causing symptoms, and stress echocardiography is normal. The symptoms are likely to be related to a c...  Read Full »

I am 18 years old and have been suffering from shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, and loss of appetite. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 18 years old and have recently been suffering from shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, and loss of appetite. I visited the hospital, but they said it was just an anxiety attack. But for the last two nights, I have been waking up in the middle of the night with severe chest pain...  Read Full »

Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Your symptoms could be related to gastroesophageal reflux disease, thyroid dysfunction, anxiety, etc. I want to review your cardiac ultrasound report. So, I suggest you undergo an ambulatory 24 to 48 hours of ECG ...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest the physical changes seen in the acute transformation of myelodysplastic disorder.

Query: Hi doctor,An elderly family member was diagnosed with overlap myeloproliferative or myelodysplastic disorder two years back. He is being treated by a hematologist who arranges regular blood tests and he is said to be "hematological stable". However, I understand that there can be an acute transforma...  Read Full »

Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I hope you are doing well in the pandemic. The acute transformation has clinical signs and symptoms of acute leukemia, such as recurring fever not responding to antibiotics, pallor, dyspnea, shortness of breath due to low hemoglobin, bruising and bleeding due to low pla...  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 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 assoc...  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. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 o...  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. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 co...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for my chest pain and tightness with shortness of breath?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having chest pain and discomfort for four years now. I feel tightness, sometimes shortness of breath, and slight pain. It hurts the most when I lift something heavy. I have done ANA test, ECG, and blood work.  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Normally, RNP (ribonuclear protein) levels below 20 units on ELISA is negative. But if it is more than 26 units suggest positive. It is suggesting multiple connective tissue disorders like myositis, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, etc. PM-scl also suggest that sc...  Read Full »

I contacted asbestos at work.Would it pose any health risk?

Query: Hello doctor, I had some concerns regarding asbestosis. Approximately 10-11 years ago, I worked on a building site. I was asked to remove some insulation off a water pipe in an attic. At that time, I asked the site manager if the insulation was asbestos and he said it was not. I also took a sample o...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi Welcome to I want to assure you not to worry as everything is looking normal to me. I have thoroughly gone through your case and can well understand your genuine concerns regarding asbestosis, mesothelioma and other risks you may be having being exposed to insulation a decade ago. ...  Read Full »

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