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Does Constipation Cause Shortness Of Breath?

Hey, since Friday i ve been feeling constipated and judging by the amount of food i ate, i haven t pooped even close to that amount which means constipation for sure, i have taken Duphalac lactulose today all day and still haven t pooped, also for some reason i also have Shortness Of Breath, can constipation cause shortness of breath?
Mon, 5 Aug 2019
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Hello,

Excess straining at stool can cause exacerbation of cardiorespiratory symptoms and one of which is breathlessness.

But the underlying issue of a cardiac problem apart from GI, must be ruled out as many of the cases of silent myocardial infarction do present in ER as this manner only.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel, General Surgeon
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Does Constipation Cause Shortness Of Breath?

Hello, Excess straining at stool can cause exacerbation of cardiorespiratory symptoms and one of which is breathlessness. But the underlying issue of a cardiac problem apart from GI, must be ruled out as many of the cases of silent myocardial infarction do present in ER as this manner only. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel, General Surgeon