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Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath is called medically as dyspnea, It is often described as an intense tightening in the chest, air hunger (as not being able to get enough air), difficulty breathing, breathlessness or like a feeling of suffocation.


Very strenuous exercise, extreme temperatures, obesity and higher altitude all may cause shortness of breath in a healthy person.

Other than these causes, shortness of bread can be a sign of a medical problem, especially if it comes on suddenly and is severe,

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Shortness of breath is a feeling like you can’t get enough air into your lungs, and you can’t do it as you do normally. You may feel as if you are not getting enough oxygen, and it gets difficult to inhale and exhale, and sometimes you might be compelled to draw a breath before you’ve even finished the last exhale.

Some symptoms that appear with shortness of breath include:

  • Tight sensation in your chest

  • Feeling like you need to breathe more or breath quickly

  • Feeling like your body can’t get enough oxygen in a timely manner

You might notice yourself becoming increasingly short of breath over a long period of time, or it could happen suddenly. Sometimes, it can even strike while at rest, sitting, laying or standing. Prolonged sitting may cause shortness of breath.



In most cases of shortness of breath, it happens as result of a heart or lung problem. Your heart and lungs play a major role in transporting oxygen to your tissues and carbon dioxide from them, any problems with either of these processes affect your breathing.

Shortness of breath that comes on suddenly may be caused by one or more of the following causes, including:

Shortness of breath that lasted for weeks or more may be caused by one or more of the following causes, including:

Other health problems that may cause shortness of breath include:

Heart Problems

Lung Problems

Other Possible Causes


When to see your doctor


There are several alarming symptoms that you shouldn’t ignore, especially when accompanied by shortness of breath. These include:

  • Winded” feeling that persists even after resting for many minutes

  • Swollen ankles and feet

  • Coughing, chills, and higher than normal body temperature

  • Wheezing or whistling sound when you inhale and exhale

  • High-pitched sound when breathing

  • Blue fingertips or lips

  • Worsening shortness of breath after you’ve used your inhaler

  • Difficulty breathing while laying

  • Pain or pressure in your chest

  • Nausea

  • Fainting

If you have shortness of breath along with any of the following symptoms, it’s important to call  for immediate medical care.

Being short of breath isn’t the same thing as having trouble breathing. When you’re having difficulty breathing normally, you might feel like:

  • Can’t fully inhale or exhale

  • Throat or chest are closing up or feels like there’s a squeezing sensation around them

  • An obstruction, narrowing, or tightening of your airway

  • Something is physically keeping you from breathing


Difficulty breathing is also an emergency that requires immediate medical attention.

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