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Doc, why am I so short of breath?

Causes vary but it is important to find out the correct one as soon as possible to provide treatment

Every year, tens of thousands of people are brought to hospital emergency departments across Singapore because they have become increasingly distressed by shortness of breath over the preceding hours or days.

There are many reasons that lead to this; some are serious and some less threatening. They include anxiety, asthma, a chest infection, respiratory diseases such as asthma or chronic obstructive airways disease and, most seriously, heart failure.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 01, 2018, with the headline 'Doc, why am I so short of breath?'. Print Edition | Subscribe