Shortness of Breath | Overview


What is shortness of breath?

When you are short of breath, you may feel like you can't get enough air or your chest may feel tight. Sometimes the feeling is worse when you are physically active or when you lie down flat. You may have other symptoms such as a cough, chest pains or a fever. If you are experiencing any of these problems, tell your doctor.


Evaluation of Chronic Dyspnea by NG Karnani, GM Reisfield, GR Wilson (American Family Physician April 15, 2005,

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 04/05