#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Chest Pain And Difficulty In Breathing


Q: Hey Doc, I have chest pain since 2 days back and if it becomes severe, my breathing becomes abnormal (difficult breathing). I went to the hospital and was given painkillers. There’s no cough so what could be the problem?

A: Difficulty in breathing could be short term or long term.

Sudden onset of shortness of breath could be due to:

  • Lung problems
    • Asthma
    • Pneumonia
    • Upper airway obstruction
    • Collapsed lung
  • Heart problems
    • Heart attack
    • Heart failure
    • Low blood pressure
    • Sudden blood loss
    • A panic attack
    • Severe allergic reaction

Chronic (long-term) shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing could be due to:

  • Poorly controlled asthma
  • Obesity
  • Heart failure
  • Anaemia
  • Collection of fluid around the lungs

Given the association of this difficulty in breathing with chest pain, I suggest you see your doctor as soon as possible to rule out the causes mentioned above and arrive at a specific diagnosis.

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