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Shortness of breath after climbing stairs - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Hypertension and Heart Disease
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User :   hi
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Good afternoon.
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   good afternoon
User :   am 23 years
User :   but wen i climb a 2 floor building i am in need to breathe a lot.
Doctor :   Since when have you noticed this?
User :   may be for past 5 months
Doctor :   Do you have similar issues when you normally walk/when you perform other activity that you are accustomed too?
Doctor :   Do you get chest pain along with the breathlessness?
User :   no nothing
Doctor :   May I know your weight and height?
User :   height 167cms weight 63kgs
Doctor :   Do you have any other medical illness such as diabetes/high blood pressure, high cholesterol problem or previous heart problems?
User :   no nothing
Doctor :   Do you smoke or consume alcohol?
User :   s i do
Doctor :   Can you specify?
User :   2 to 3 cigars a day
Doctor :   Since when are you smoking?
User :   weekly once 300ml of alcohol
Doctor :   Since when are you consuming alcohol?
User :   for the past 2 years
Doctor :   Have you seen a doctor in the past for these symptoms?
User :   no
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Shortness of breath is a symptom of both heart and lungs.
Doctor :   more of a heart issue than a lung issue.
Doctor :   It is quite normal to feel breathless on severe physical exertion.
Doctor :   This happens cause, human heart beats fast and harder leading to breathlessness.
Doctor :   However if you feel breatheless by just climbing few steps, then it is a warning sign of a failing heart.
Doctor :   Are you following?
User :   s
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Multiple risk factors can increase the chances of heart dysfunctions.
Doctor :   The most important of these are tobacco, alcohol, high cholesterol, high blood sugar,
Doctor :   genetic factors and so on.
Doctor :   Hence you need modifications on these factors.
User :   k
Doctor :   It is necessary that you restrain from smoking and alcohol from now on,
Doctor :   if you want to prevent more serious conditions from happening.
Doctor :   Get your cholesterol and sugars checked.
User :   sure
Doctor :   If they are abnormal, then you will need measures to control them too.
User :   oh ok
Doctor :   These life style modifications along with some physical exercise will help in treating your present concern as well as prevent future complications from happening.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   s i do
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   no thank u
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Have a nice day!!
Doctor :   This is Dr XXXXXXXX here.
User :   thank u doctor bye
Doctor :   Bye from now.
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