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What is Shortness of Breath?
Most people have had the experience of feeling short of breath after some intense physical exertion. Your chest may feel tight and it may feel like you just can’t get enough air in. Breathing may seem very difficult or laborious, and in some cases, you may even have some chest pain.
What Causes Shortness of Breath?
Being short of breath is a common and almost expected complaint when someone has just run a 100m sprint uphill, but when shortness of breath is disproportionate to the levels of physical exertion, it is referred to as dyspnea. Dyspnea is a symptom of a number of medical conditions, and when it is unexpected or severe, it should be treated as a medical emergency. A number of serious conditions such as heart attack, pneumonia, heart failure or asthma attack can cause shortness of breath.
Other causes of dyspnea include pregnancy, stress, and upper respiratory infection obesity and poor fitness levels. As shortness of breath is a symptom rather than a condition, it is essential to first determine the underlying cause of the problem with the guidance of your health care practitioner.