When to seek medical advice

Shortness of breath that can't be explained by rigorous exertion or exercise requires a prompt, accurate diagnosis.

Get emergency medical care if you experience shortness of breath that:

  • Began suddenly and affects your ability to function
  • Is accompanied by chest pain that lasts more than a few minutes
  • Is accompanied by dizziness, fainting, nausea or vomiting

Shortness of breath in adults

Find possible causes of shortness of breath based on specific factors. Check one or more factors on this page that apply to your symptom.

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