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Shortness of Breath

Breathlessness, or shortness of breath, describes discomfort or difficulty with breathing. The medical term for shortness of breath is dyspnea. It's a common symptom that may be related to serious diseases or may be a result of being out of shape.

Learn About Shortness of Breath

Being breathless is sometimes described as feeling "short of breath," "tightness in my chest," or "cannot get enough air." It's a common symptom that may be related to serious diseases or may be a result of being out of shape.

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Shortness of Breath Symptoms, Causes and Risk Factors

See what causes shortness of breath, symptoms you shouldn't ignore and when to see your doctor.

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Diagnosing and Treating Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath needs prompt diagnosis and management of the cause and symptoms. A medical history as well as examination can often give a good explanation but sometimes special tests are required.

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Living With Shortness of Breath

Breathlessness can usually be controlled by medication, breathing techniques, exercise and supplemental oxygen. Here are some tips on preventing and controlling shortness of breath.

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This content was developed in partnership with the CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.

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