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What causes severe tiredness and shortness of breath?

I have been suffering from severe tiredness for the last 3/4 days, am getting very short of breath just doing things like making a cup of tea or just walking about the house,my ankles are swollen and I am having trouble sleeping due to my chest wheezing, I do have Asthma although I usually have no wheezing. I had a heart attack 2 years ago and have AF although I don t have any chest pain I am feeling a bit anxious about my other symptoms.
Wed, 5 Nov 2014
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Thanks for your question on HCM.
In your case we need to rule out both cardiac and pulmonary causes, as you are having both diseases in past, asthma and heart attacks.
In my opinion it seems cardiac more as you are having AF, Ankle edema and 2-3 days history. All favours congestive cardiac failure.
So better to get done ECG and 2D Echo to evaluate heart function.
You should also get done chest x ray and PFT (Pulmonary Function Test) to evaluate asthma.
So go to emergency room as soon as possible and start the treatment.
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What causes severe tiredness and shortness of breath?

Thanks for your question on HCM. In your case we need to rule out both cardiac and pulmonary causes, as you are having both diseases in past, asthma and heart attacks. In my opinion it seems cardiac more as you are having AF, Ankle edema and 2-3 days history. All favours congestive cardiac failure. So better to get done ECG and 2D Echo to evaluate heart function. You should also get done chest x ray and PFT (Pulmonary Function Test) to evaluate asthma. So go to emergency room as soon as possible and start the treatment.