Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath refers generally to breathing difficulty. It may refer to mild breathing symptoms, such as being out of breath or short of breath after exercise (although the symptom may be mild, it can still indicate serious disease; see breathlessness after exertion). There are many different causes of shortness ...

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Shortness of breath Shortness of breath might not be anything to worry about, but sometimes it can be serious and you'll need to get medical help. ...Source: NHS Choices UK1 ...

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Shortness of breath can be a medical emergency. There is a risk of respiratory distress and even of respiratory failure. Seek medical help immediately for this symptom. Acute Disorders: Acute causes of shortness of breath include:

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Causes of Shortness of Breath

In older adults, COPD can sometimes be confused with asthma. If you have shortness of breath, wheezing, or other problems breathing, your doctor will be able to tell if you have COPD, asthma, or another condition. ...Source: NIA (NIH)2 ...

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Diagnosis of Shortness of Breath

Call 999 if you're struggling to breathe or have sudden shortness of breath and:

  • your chest feels tight or heavy
  • you have pain that spreads to your arms, back, neck and jaw
  • you feel or are being sick

You ...3

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Causes List for Shortness of Breath

Possible causes of Shortness of Breath (or similar symptoms) may include:4

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Treatments for Shortness of Breath

Any treatment you may need depends on what's causing your symptoms. Don't try to self-diagnose the cause of your shortness of breath - always see a GP. ...Source: NHS Choices UK5 ...

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  1. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ shortness-of-breath/ 
  2. Source: NIA (NIH): health/ understanding-lung-problems
  3. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ shortness-of-breath/ 
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ shortness-of-breath/ 

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