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How can blood test help in the diagnosis of shortness of breath?

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A doctor or nurse will use a needle to take blood from a vein in your arm and send it to a lab for tests. The results can tell them whether or not conditions such as anemia or heart failure are making you short of breath.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Dyspnea.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Shortness of Breath.”

Merck Manuals: “Shortness of Breath.”

American Lung Association: “Diagnosing and Treating Shortness of Breath.”

Chest Foundation: “Tests and Diagnosis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Chest X-Ray” and "Body Plethysmography (Pulmonary Function Test)

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Diagnostic Evaluation of Dyspnea.”

Mayo Clinic: “Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library: “Pulmonary Function Tests.”

Medscape: "Pulmonary Function Tests."

 

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 13, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education: “Dyspnea.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Shortness of Breath.”

Merck Manuals: “Shortness of Breath.”

American Lung Association: “Diagnosing and Treating Shortness of Breath.”

Chest Foundation: “Tests and Diagnosis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Chest X-Ray” and "Body Plethysmography (Pulmonary Function Test)

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Diagnostic Evaluation of Dyspnea.”

Mayo Clinic: “Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library: “Pulmonary Function Tests.”

Medscape: "Pulmonary Function Tests."

 

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 13, 2018

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