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And because the patients view breathlessness as harmful or worrying they often avoid exercise, which in turn compounds their condition.
They discovered that people with a history of near-fatal asthma reported less sensation of breathlessness than other study participants.
Dr Patel said of the GP's diagnosis: "Asthma is probably 500 times more common as a cause of breathlessness in young people than heart failure.
People with COPD can struggle to walk far without experiencing panic-inducing attacks of breathlessness and it is the fifth most common cause of mortality in Wales.
HOW TO HELP YOURSELF: Breathlessness is also affected by your breathing habits and lifestyle.
Dubai: Doctors have warned that the current spell of dusty weather in Dubai can trigger asthmatic attacks and allergic rhinitis in people who already suffer from the condition and also affect a large section of people with no previous history, with breathlessness and respiratory distress.
Lung hyperinflation is common in people with COPD, and has been linked to impaired cardiac function and a worsening of COPD symptoms, especially breathlessness.
The two main symptoms of IPF are breathlessness and chronic cough.
Her referral indication from the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) by Dr Fatunla, had said 'cyanosis since infancy, recurrent squatting and breathlessness.
This may cause chest pain, breathlessness, and sudden death.
LOCAL GPs are urging people who have had a cough for three weeks or who are suffering from breathlessness to get themselves checked out.
And managing those chronic conditions in a group of patients who are generally older, whose daily lives can be a struggle because of breathlessness, who can feel isolated, who can suffer anxiety and who, if they were smokers, can beat themselves up about their condition, takes more skills and understanding than technical competence.