What Causes Dyspnea or Shortness of Breath?

Some people may experience shortness of breath suddenly for short periods (Representative Image Shutterstock)

Do you often find yourself catching breath while walking or climbing the stairs? And do you often connect that to lack of stamina or an increase in cholesterol levels? However, dyspnea or shortness of breath could be due to a number of reasons and one should first consult a doctor before concluding.

Some people may experience shortness of breath suddenly for short periods. There could be times when a dyspnea attack begins suddenly and can be a case of medical emergency. Healthline reveals possible causes of such attacks as:

An asthma attack, heart attack, low blood pressure, carbon monoxide poisoning, an allergic reaction, a blood clot in the lungs also known as pulmonary embolism.

Others may experience it over the long term which can last from several weeks to months. According to Healthline, one might find themselves short of breath due to the following reasons:

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