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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What causes shortness of breath?

I am having problem with shortness of breathe or discomfort for quite a long time. It looks as I am having arrhythmia. Some times it increases and other time it keeps just above normal and It never get normal very few occasions for short period of time when my heart beats normally I feel tremendous amount of relaxation and comfortness and I want it to continue but a little stress and nervousness disturb the heart rate and breathing process. Would you please suggest me what is happening with me is it about stress or something else?? What is its treatment if it cure with medication??
Wed, 4 Mar 2015
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Pulmonologist 's  Response
Thanks for your question on HCM.
In my opinion you are having anxiety related symptoms.
But better to rule out cardiac and pulmonary causes first your intermittent shortness of breath.
So get done
1. Ecg
2. 2d echo
3. Holter monitoring ( 24 hour continuous recording of ECG)
If all these are normal then no need to worry much for arrhythmia and other cardiac causes.
Get done chest x ray and PFT ( pulmonary function test ) to rule out pulmonary causes.
If all are normal, then anxiety related symptoms appear more in your case.
So better to consult psychiatrist and get done counselling sessions.
Try to identify stressor in your life and start working on its solution.
Avoid stress and tension.
Be relax and calm. You may need anxiolytic drugs too.
Don't worry, you will be alright.
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