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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What causes shortness of breath?

I have trouble sometimes having enough breath to finish a sentence. I have just started daily asthma inhaler treatments(3 weeks), but the symptoms are getting worse. General health is good, The only problem I could find for the breath issue is heart failure. Are there other options? I am 66 years old. I have had this problem for a few years, more off than on. Now more on than off.
Thu, 15 Feb 2018
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General & Family Physician 's  Response

Thanks for the query. I understand your concern.
Breathlessness due to heart failure needs altogether different treatment from that for asthma.
Taking asthma inhaler (Athalin) would certainly increase the symptoms. You should consult a heart specialist earliest & get the treatment you are taking checked, stopped and followed by suitable treatment for your health.

Take Care!

Dr. Vasudha Jayant Athavale,
General & Family Physician
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