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Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath is not so much a disease as it is a symptom of an underlying problem in the heart or lungs. Your heart and lungs work together to transport oxygen throughout your body and remove carbon dioxide. Any problems with these processes can cause difficulty with breathing. Many health conditions and environmental factors can cause shortness of breath. These include COPD, emphysema, asthma and chronic bronchitis. 


Lung problems

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • COPD (often caused by smoking)
  • Emphysema
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Fluid around the lung
  • Pleurisy
  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Congestive Heart Failure