Shortness of Breath & VP Cheney (cont.)
Obstruction To Airflow
Obstruction to airflow can occur in the nose or mouth, the trachea (windpipe in our throats), bronchial
tubes, or the tiny airways in the lungs. The obstruction
to airflow can be acute (sudden), intermittent, or chronic.
Sudden blockage of airways is a medical emergency and
can be caused by inhaling objects, food particles or fluids. It can also be caused by swelling of
the glottis (breathing flap) in the back of the throat from an allergic
Intermittent obstruction of the airflow can come from conditions that
irritate or swell the bronchial airways, such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, or
Chronic shortness of breath is characteristic of emphysema and COPD (chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease). The shortness of breath may be even at rest and
as from aspirin poisoning, diabetes that
is out of control, and kidney failure are among the many other causes of shortness of breath. So, of
course is low oxygen as at high altitudes or running out of air while diving.
"The vice president likely has a viral upper-respiratory infection," said his
cardiologist. A URI like a bad cold can also do the trick. It can make for
trouble breathing, especially at night, as we all know.
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Last Editorial Review: 11/15/2004