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Could atrial fibrillation (AFib) be causing your shortness of breath?

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Your heart works hard for you your whole life, but sometimes its rhythm gets off-kilter. When it skips a beat or flutters in an unusual way, it's known as atrial fibrillation (AFib). The upper chambers of your heart quiver, and it can become less effective at pumping blood. This can lead to blood clots, stroke, and heart failure. When you have AFib, you'll notice some other symptoms besides shortness of breath, such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Anxiety
  • Faintness
  • Sweating
  • Chest pains

From: Why Can't I Breathe? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?" "Shortness of Breath."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy)," "Allergies."

American Lung Association: "Warning Signs of Lung Disease," "Pet Dander," "What Are COPD Symptoms?"

COPD Foundation: "Oxygen Therapy."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Asthma Treated and Controlled?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on December 4, 2017

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?" "Shortness of Breath."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy)," "Allergies."

American Lung Association: "Warning Signs of Lung Disease," "Pet Dander," "What Are COPD Symptoms?"

COPD Foundation: "Oxygen Therapy."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Asthma Treated and Controlled?"

Reviewed by James Beckerman on December 4, 2017

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