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Friday, March 22, 2013

difficulty breathing breathlessness dyspnoeaDyspnoea or Breathlessness can be defined as an awereness of increased drive to breathe. It is normal on exercise. It is pathological if it occurs while doing something that does not require much exertion.

Breathlessness is a non-specific symptom as it can be caused by cardiac, respiratory, neuromuscular and metabolic conditions. Today we will look at the cardiac causes of difficulty breathing.

There are several caused of difficulty breathing  due to heart problems:
  1. Acute left heart failure
  2. Chronic heart failure
  3. Arrythmia
  4. Angina equivalent