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Shortness of Breath in Adults
Welcome to our Health Decision Guide on Shortness of Breath.
By answering a short series of questions, you will learn about the possible reasons why you have recently developed mild to moderate shortness of breath.
Severe shortness of breath and shortness of breath accompanied by certain symptoms requires immediate medical attention. If you have one or more of the following symptoms, it is a medical emergency:
severe shortness of breath
difficulty talking in full sentences
chest pain with shortness of breath
swelling in the face or abdomen with shortness of breath (a possible allergic reaction).
Do you have any of the symptoms listed above?
That's good. However, even if your symptoms are not severe, difficulty getting air in or out of the lungs is a symptom that always requires evaluation by your doctor.
Now you are ready to start the guide.
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