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Short breath, feeling chest is bursting after climbing stairs. Any ideas?

I am a 49 yr old female, 5'6, 218 lbs, very sedondary. I climbed 4 flights of stairs the other day and my heart felt as though it was going to burst from my chest, breathing was very labored and short, I have felt sob from physical exertion before, but never to this degree! I thought I was going to pass out. My colleagues told me to sit and rest. I did not do that, but after walking slowly for about 5 minutes and then resting I was ok, Pride, did not want to fall out in a cafeteria full of doctors. After about 5 minutes, I was ok. This episode really scared me!!! Could it be PH, did I have a mild heart attack, stroke?
Asked On : Wed, 27 Mar 2013
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shortness of breath on exertion can be due to 1) heart 2) lung disease 3) anemia 4) sedan try lifestyle 5) obesity
you should consult a good physician and discuss with him and do - CBC, CHEST XRAY, ECG, ECHO, TMT OR STRESS TEST.
if these tests are normal then change lifestyle , increase physical activity gradually and decrease weight
Answered: Wed, 15 May 2013
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