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What is shortness of breath (dyspnea)?

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Shortness of breath, or dyspnea, can be a warning sign of a health problem that needs treatment right away. If you have sudden, severe trouble catching your breath, call 911. This is especially true if you also have nausea or chest pain.

SOURCES:

UpToDate: "Patient education: Shortness of breath (dyspnea) (Beyond the Basics)." 

Wonderopolis: "How Many Breaths Do You Take Each Day?"

American Family Physician: "Shortness of Breath."

American Thoracic Society: "Breathlessness."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

UpToDate: "Patient education: Shortness of breath (dyspnea) (Beyond the Basics)." 

Wonderopolis: "How Many Breaths Do You Take Each Day?"

American Family Physician: "Shortness of Breath."

American Thoracic Society: "Breathlessness."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 15, 2019

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