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Shortness of breath — the feeling that you can’t get enough air — is extremely uncomfortable, indicates that something is wrong, and must be treated.

What to Do

Common Causes

Shortness of breath can be caused by a number of health conditions. Many of the conditions are serious, and some are medical emergencies.

  • Angina

    Angina is pressure or tightness in your chest that doesn't last and is brought on by physical or emotional stress. Angina can be an early warning sign of heart attack. Call your healthcare provider for evaluation.

  • Coronary Artery Disease

    Coronary artery disease is a narrowing of the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the heart.

  • Heart Attack

  • Heart Failure

    Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the body's needs.

  • Heart Valve Disease

    Heart valve disease means that one or more valves in the heart is damaged causing problems with blood flow.

  • Irregular Heart Beat (Arrhythmia)

    An irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) is a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm.

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